Skywatch Bird Rescue is a registered 501c3 nonprofit wild bird rescue. We rescue injured, orphaned, abused, and misplaced wild birds in and around the Wilmington, North Carolina area. Each year Skywatch rescues hundreds of birds, including rare and endangered species. Birds receive medical care, food, safe shelter, and rehabilitation. Once the birds have recovered from their injuries, they are released back into the wild. Those that are non-releasable after recovery are transferred to protected sanctuaries.
Skywatch Bird Rescue exists on donations from the community and on the support of our team of excellent volunteers. Donations pay for all of the rescue's needs like vet bills, medications, housing, transportation, food, and supplies. A combined time investment of approximately 140 hours a week is given from our group of volunteers and the director to help keep the rescue efforts going. In summer we can get up to 40 phone calls a day from local citizens needing help with injured birds they discover. We offer help 7 days a week, not taking a break even on holidays. We make every penny count but what keeps us open every day year after year is people like you. Show your appreciation for our help by clicking the donation button at the top of this page.
If you Find an Injured Bird:
***If you live in North Carolina and come across a bird that you think may be in need of help, please read the Injured Birds, Baby Birds and Bird 411 pages on this web site for more information on what to do when you find one.
Please read that information first before calling us as it might answer some of your questions. This way we can keep the rescue line open for other emergencies.
If you have read the information and are certain the bird you found needs help, give us a call: 910-274-8479, leave a message and we will call you right back. Speak clearly & slowly and leave your phone number (we can't call back if you don't leave a message with your number).
***If you live outside North Carolina and need help with an injured bird, you can go to your state's fish & wildlife service website and seek referral. You can also call your local animal control office and ask for a referral. Local veterinary offices and/or humane society should also be able to point you in the right direction (most of these organizations do not rescue wildlife or birds, but they can give you a referral). Please be sure the person you give the bird to has a FEDERAL permit and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. There are federal laws surrounding wild birds, legally you must get the birds to a licensed rehabilitator within 24 hours. You cannot legally try to raise or help the bird yourself.
Interested in other types of donating or volunteering? Check out our How to Help, and Volunteer pages.