WildCare's Baby Bird Nest Campaign
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WildCare's 2015 Baby Bird Nest Campaign

More orphaned baby songbirds are arriving each day! Each year, WildCare's Wildlife Hospital raises over 800 orphaned baby birds, and we need your help! Grab your knitting needles and start making nests to house these tiniest of patients following the patterns you can get here.

WildCare's baby birds, and orphaned patients in wildlife hospitals across the country will benefit from your work!

Why do we need nests?

When baby birds are orphaned and brought into wildlife hospitals, they need to live in something that is soft, washable and resembles a wild bird's nest. Knitted and crocheted nests are perfect.

How can you help?

Knit or crochet a nest! Click here for knitting and crochet patterns and guidelines to make your nest safe and healthy for our baby songbirds. You'll also find instructions on how to send your completed nest(s) to WildCare.

If you're a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, you can receive knitted nests! Click here to join our community!

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


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...

Where should you send your nest(s)?

Please mail your nests to the address below. We request that nests be mailed instead of hand-delivered to WildCare so that Wildlife Hospital personnel can concentrate on helping animals in need.

Mailing address:

WildCare Baby Bird Nest Campaign
76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael, CA 94901

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!

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 donation or buy a baby bird T-shirt, mug or tote.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or for knitting and crochet advice, see our Ravelry group.
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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.

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Get the T-shirt!
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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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