WildCare's Baby Bird Nest Campaign
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spacer2.gif Starling in knitted nest. Photo by Melanie Piazza
  Baby bird in a knitted nest.
Photo by Melanie Piazza

Our Baby Bird Nest Campaign will start again in late April 2015

Thank you to all our wonderful knitters, crocheters and crafters! WildCare's 2014 Baby Bird Nest Campaign was a tremendous success, thanks to all of you!

Baby bird season in wildlife hospitals across the country is a springtime phenomenon. The orphaned baby songbirds that needed the warmth and comfort of a knitted or crocheted nest last summer grew up to be healthy fledglings, and hospitals around the country returned them to the wild.

Our baby birds grew up and flew away too.

We will be restarting the campaign in late April 2015.

Attention knitters! Until we get the infrastructure in place to properly receive and process your wonderful donated nests, please hold off on sending them to us. We will alert you via email when we are ready to start accepting them again!

Need the knitting and crochet patterns? Click here and complete the form to have the patterns emailed to you.

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The 2014 Baby Bird Nest Campaign was a great success!

We collected over 3,500 nests and outfitted WildCare’s hospital along with over a dozen others throughout the United States. We had over 350 different crafters donate nests from all over the US, Canada, Australia and the Ukraine. Many of the bird hospitals we outfitted are individuals who work out of their homes and who simply don't have the resources to run a campaign like this. They were very grateful for the nests.

The campaign was covered by NBC Nightly News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, KPIX Channel 5 News, KTVU Channel 2 News, the Marin Independent Journal, and dozens of other television stations, independent blogs and websites.

Will you do the Baby Bird Nest Campaign in 2015?

Yes! We will launch the 2015 campaign in April 2015.

Should I keep knitting nests?

You can, although we request you don't send them until April 2015. There are also two other projects that we found adorable that you could work on this winter until spring: The Mother Bear Project and the Red Scarf Project

Where do I get the nest knitting and crochet patterns?

Click here to get the patterns on our "How Can I Help?" page. Complete the form on the page and a link to the patterns will be emailed to you.

How else can I support WildCare?

We take in over 200 species of wildlife, and we treat them year round. If you’d like to support our work, please make a gift or buy the baby bird nest T-shirt.


Why do we need nests for our baby birds?

Orphaned baby birds need to be kept warm. Fabric nests provide them with warmth and cushioning while they’re cared for in WildCare's Wildlife Hospital.

Rescuers feed the baby birds throughout the day, washing and replacing the nests with clean ones daily. Woolen nests are perfect.

Learn how to make one...

How can you help?

Craft or knit a nest! Click here for easy-to-follow patterns and instructions on how to send your completed nest(s) to WildCare.  

Where should you send your nest(s)? Please do not mail nests until the 2015 Baby Bird Nest Campaign launches in late April 2015. If you knitted nests for us last year, please note that we will have a new mailing address in 2015 TBA.

If you're a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, you can receive knitted nests! Click here to request donated nests.

Donate $5 for 15 meals for each of our orphaned baby songbirds! Your donation in any increment of $5 will give our baby birds the nutrition they need to grow up strong and ready for release!

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or for knitting and crochet advice, see our Ravelry group.
Baby birds in knitted nests. Photo by Melanie Piazza
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Celebrate Baby Bird Season and the beautiful nests you've knitted with a baby bird T-shirt (or mug or tote bag). WildCare receives a $15 donation with each purchase to help feed our baby birds.
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