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Help for Wild Birds in Clark County

To legally rehabilitate wildlife, a rehabilitator must hold a valid federal migratory bird permit. Since Squirrel Refuge does not hold such a permit, all injured and orphaned migratory birds may be taken across the border into Oregon to any wildlife rehabilitator who holds a migratory bird permit.   See below for links to help identify birds and a list of federally protected birds.

We recommend one of the two places listed below or you can refer to the list of Oregon Wildlife rehabilitators.

Please consider donating to Oregon rehabilitation centers who accept our birds. Without their generous willingness to accept our injured and orphaned birds, there would be no help available!  

Note: While it is legal to transport migratory birds across state lines for the purpose of rehabilitation, it is not legal to transport mammals. For assistance with mammals, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Audubon Society of Portland - Wildlife Care Center        

Injured wildlife hotline: 503-292-0304

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year. Does not accept animals after-hours.  Contact Dove Lewis Clinic

Address: 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210. Get directions.
Baby animals: What to do if you find a baby bird or a baby mammal.

Animal policy: Required by law to euthanize non-native birds and mammals as classified by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.  This includes Eastern Gray squirrels, Fox Squirrels, Cotton tails, Possums, starlings, pigeons, house sparrows or other non-native bird or mammal. Does not accept exotic or domestic animals for rehabilitation.  

The DoveLewis Clinic                                                        

Injured wildlife hotline: 503-292-0304

Hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.

Address: 1945 NW Pettygrove, Portland, OR 97209. Get directions.

Animal policy:  Required by law to euthanize non-native birds and mammals as classified by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.   

Only birds covered under the migratory bird act are accepted into Oregon Wildlife Centers.

Oregon wildlife centers do not accept Starlings, House Sparrows (English Sparrow) or Pigeons (Rock Doves).  Click on the link below for information on caring for orphans of these species.                                                                                                                    


Care for baby Starlings and Sparrows

Male house sparrows (left below) have much brighter coloration than females (right below).

Starlings appear black with iridescent tones in summer and brown with white spots in winter.  

Young starlings are a dull brown. (Left below).  Baby Sparrows (Right)

Birds covered under the Migratory Bird Act

Help identifying birds

Help identifying baby birds


Read this first to make sure the bird needs rescuing!

When to help a baby bird

Care for Baby Pigeons (Rock Dove)


Pigeon colors vary widely from    white to gray, brown or       even iridescent.

         Adults have pink eyes,                        pink feet and bands                        on the wings

 Male English