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Why do we need nests?

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)? With the large number of new wildlife patients arriving at WildCare's Wildlife Hospital every day, the front desk is extremely busy. Because of this, we are requesting knitters mail their nests to: 1032 Irving St. #622 San Francisco, CA 94122. Thank you!

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

Sponsor the Craft-along! We are looking for partners to help get the word out about the baby bird nest campaign.

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!

Campaign Update August 2014

Status: 2,468 pieces received, goal raised to 3,617

The campaign is in high gear! We have received nearly 2,500 nests from from California, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, New York, Ontario, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Indiana. We've even gotten nests from Melbourne, Australia and Kiev, Ukraine!

Crochet pattern available - do you crochet? We now have a crochet pattern available on our website and on ravelry. It's a pretty simple project, and you can do it for that sense of finishing accomplishment while other, more complex projects may be frustrating you.

Updates to our goal: We've supplied nests to our own hospital, but also to bird rehab centers in other parts of California, Delaware and Oregon. It's baby bird season all over the country, and the need is great!  We've upped our goal by the number of new facilities we've spoken to.  As new facilities tell us they need more, we will increase our goal so expect it to rise again before the end of baby bird season.

Fewer pouches needed than expected: It's been a very hot summer already, and we're finding that we have far less need for the additional warmth provided by the pouches that we anticipated.  As a result we're reducing our need numbers for pouches and moving them to the nests column. If you have a pouch project underway, please finish it and send it to us. We still do need some, just not as many.  We will put it into use in hospital. 

Baby Bird Nests in the news

San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2014, front page:
Knitters answer WildCare's call for nests to save baby birds

Huffington Post, July 10, 2014:
Volunteer Knitters Answer WildCare's Call to Save Baby Birds

KPIX Channel 5, July 9, 2014, Six o'clock news:
Volunteers Provide Knitted Nests To Help Rehabilitate Abandoned Bird Chicks In San Rafael

KTVU Channel 2 News, July 8, 2014:
Rescued baby birds and their knitted nests

Marin Independent Journal, May 1, 2014, front page:
San Rafael's WildCare seeks volunteers to knit nests for orphaned baby birds

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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