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

WildCare's 2015 Baby Bird Nest Campaign ENDED August 31, 2015

Thank you to the hundreds of knitters and crocheters that have sent us nearly 6,000 baby bird nests in our 2015 Campaign!

The hundreds of nestling songbirds WildCare admitted to our Birdroom this spring and summer stayed warm, safe and protected thanks to your efforts.

Baby birds (and squirrels, skunks and many other species, we've heard!) at dozens of wildlife hospitals across the United States also benefited from your expertise!

But with Baby Bird Season winding down, we must bring our Baby Bird Nest Campaign to a close. We will no longer be accepting nests past August 31, 2015.

Details about our nest needs in 2016 will be posted here soon.

About the Baby Bird Nest Campaign

Each year, WildCare's Wildlife Hospital raises over 800 orphaned baby birds, and knitters and crocheters from across the country and around the world have been making nests to house these tiniest of patients.

WildCare's baby birds, and orphaned patients in wildlife hospitals across the country benefited 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?

During the spring and summer months when our Campaign is active, you can 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. Please note: We will no longer be accepting nests after August 31, 2015.

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 before August 31, 2015. 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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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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