Safe Wings Ottawa is program of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club to reduce bird mortality from collisions with glass through research, prevention and rescue.
If you see a bird sitting quietly or lying next to a building, or repeatedly flying towards a window, IT NEEDS YOUR HELP. It has probably suffered a concussion and may have other injuries.
If you can approach a wild bird, it’s not because it likes you or trusts you. It is injured, helpless and terrified. Please treat it accordingly.
Due to a serious outbreak of avian influenza in Ontario, Safe Wings cannot rescue or admit waterfowl until further notice. This is because we cannot quarantine birds with suspected infections.
We will continue to accept songbirds as well as other types of birds that do not show signs of infection.
If you find a goose, duck or other water bird that is sick or deceased, please report it to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at 1-866-673-4781 in Ontario or 1-877-346-6763 in Quebec, or online at cwhc-rcsf.ca. For all other birds, please call Safe Wings Ottawa at 613-216-8999.
For more information, visit cwhc-rcsf.ca/avian_influenza.php
Not every bird in distress has HPAI! Before your report a potential case, see our list of signs and symptoms of the virus.