Helping Local Wildlife

Spring, summer, and fall are especially busy for wild animals and birds in the Northeast as they are reproducing and raising their young during these seasons.  It’s also the time of year when humans are most likely to encounter wild animals that appear injured or orphaned. How do you know if a wild animal or bird requires intervention or is best left alone?

Baby animals - when to help:

If you find a baby animal or bird that you believe to be orphaned, follow the links below for some of the most common species in our area to determine if the animal needs help.

Injured animals - How to help

If you have found a wild animal of any age with clear signs of illness or injury, click here for a map of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in your area.

Additional resources

Conflict prevention and humane solutions for humans coexisting with wildlife

Federal and Massachusetts state laws and wildlife regulations

Wild species identification