VIDEO: Caring for NYC’s injured avians

When our buildings harm migratory birds, the Wild Bird Fund is there to patch them up

Tucked away in the Upper West Side of Manhattan is the Wild Bird Fund, a refuge for injured urban birds. Birds are frequently hurt in New York City, especially during migration season; many buildings are virtually invisible to birds and they fly into the glass and fall to the ground.  Rita McMahon and her team take in these birds, as well as birds caught by cats or hit by cars and bicycles, and nurture them back to health.

Peek inside this bird hospital to see swans, geese, seagulls and, of course, pigeons as they recuperate enough to be released into the wild.

 

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