What's the Greatest Gift You Can Give a Wild Bird? ...

A SECOND CHANCE!

Do you ever wonder why people rehabilitate wildlife?

Most birds brought into care have been impacted by humans. Sickness or injury due to motor vehicles, windows, poisons, pollution, pets, guns, starvation and destruction of habitat are some of the reasons why birds often need a helping hand.

Many rehabilitators feel a duty of care to help birds and other wildlife that have been negatively impacted by humans. Rehabilitators feel they are giving back to nature by helping to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned birds - giving them a chance to be once again wild and free.

Do you want to help give a bird a second chance at life?

INTRODUCTION TO WILD BIRD REHABILITATION

In this FREE short course, you'll learn..
  • The process of wild bird rehabilitation – from rescue to release.

  • What essential equipment you need in your wild bird rescue kit.

  • The legal requirements of native bird rehabilitation.

  • Step-by-step tips on how to rescue a sick or injured bird.

  • How to keep yourself safe from injuries or illness.

COURSE OVERVIEW

    1. Welcome

    2. How to Navigate the Course

    3. Learning Outcomes

    4. What is Wildlife Rehabilitation?

    5. Why do we do it?

    6. Bird Diet Types

    7. What it takes to be a Wildlife Rehabilitator

    1. Terminology

    2. The Rehabilitation Process - Part 1

    3. Temporary Holding Box

    4. Place a Bird into a Holding Box

    5. Retrieve a Bird from a Holding Box

    6. The Rehabilitation Process - Part 2

    7. A Fully-Fledged Wildlife Rehabilitator

    8. Quiz Time!

    9. Downloadable Documents

About this course

  • Free
  • 16 lessons

Why wait when you could be helping wildlife today?

Join a community of wildlife professionals!

  • GET STARTED NOW

  • JOIN THE WILDLIFE RESCUE NETWORK

  • LEARN RESCUE TIPS

  • GIVE BACK TO NATURE

  • LEARN NEW BIRDING SKILLS

  • START HELPING BIRDS IN NEED

Learn the basics of rehabilitating and releasing birds back to the wild with this FREE online course!

What Others Have Said

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Brilliant

Ben Whittle

I had been looking for a long time trying to find a good introductory course, and this hits every aspect brilliantly. I am based in the UK, so quite literall...

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I had been looking for a long time trying to find a good introductory course, and this hits every aspect brilliantly. I am based in the UK, so quite literally the other side of the world, and yet the information provided is invaluable wherever you reside.

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Already Helpful

Douglas Sims

Your opening free course has already answered so many questions that I had about bird care. I have run a back yard feeding station for just over 3 years in ...

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Your opening free course has already answered so many questions that I had about bird care. I have run a back yard feeding station for just over 3 years in Urbana, Ohio USA. I commonly have at least 10 feeders out every day, plus 3 or 4 baths. I have discovered that it is unavoidable to see birds who have been injured or need help in some fashion. I am so grateful to your team for offering this program in bird care, and you have gotten me are off to a great start! Five Stars!

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Absolute Must-Know Information For All

Judah Kessler

The "Intro" is full of information that all people who encounter birds at any time, will benefit from. Easy to navigate. Beautifully presented. Easy to learn.

The "Intro" is full of information that all people who encounter birds at any time, will benefit from. Easy to navigate. Beautifully presented. Easy to learn.

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Great training

OLIVIA GRANT

Very informative and right to the point! Great training!

Very informative and right to the point! Great training!

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Great Short Course

Mary-Anne Goodin

Really helpful in understanding the basics of rehab and what to not do / what to do.

Really helpful in understanding the basics of rehab and what to not do / what to do.

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Very informative, and helpful

Peggy Fuchs

Easy to understand, informative, practical, gives a feel of what will lie ahead in caring for birds

Easy to understand, informative, practical, gives a feel of what will lie ahead in caring for birds

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Introduction to wild bird rehabilitation

ingrid seymour

I thoroughly enjoyed this course . It was most informative and I am keen to learn more. As this course was well written, it encouraged me to research more on...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this course . It was most informative and I am keen to learn more. As this course was well written, it encouraged me to research more on the birds mentioned in this course.Thank you for a fun course.

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Introduction to Wild Bird Rehabilitation.

Mike Rogers

Appreciate the course and I learned a lot.

Appreciate the course and I learned a lot.

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Great fun!

Ash Lightbody

I learnt alot. Thanks

I learnt alot. Thanks

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Great information

AJ Cope

The information provided is very helpful for someone that is getting into rescue/rehab of birds.

The information provided is very helpful for someone that is getting into rescue/rehab of birds.

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Inspiring, clear and informative!

Margaryta Kurgan

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Great short course

Tyne Becker

Really appreciate the straightforward and easy to understand information. The course was easy to follow and gave me some good insight into wild bird rehabili...

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Really appreciate the straightforward and easy to understand information. The course was easy to follow and gave me some good insight into wild bird rehabilitation. Thanks!

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Still Have Questions?

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for anyone of any age that has an interest or concern for sick and injured (or abandoned) wild birds. Parental guidance is recommended for those under the age of 16. This course gives a broad overview of what is involved through the whole rehabilitation process and will also give you specific tips on how to help an injured bird, whilst keeping yourself safe.

  • Will this course prepare me to be a wildlife rehabilitator?

    This course is a simple introductory course and is not in-depth enough if you wish to become a wildlife carer, for that you will need to see our other courses! However, this free intro course will give you a good understanding of the many aspects involved in the care of wild birds that will help you to understand the broader picture, the process of rehabilitation and all the different aspects involved with keeping wild bird in captivity. It is also a good introduction to our style of courses.

  • What if I’m not good with illness or blood?

    There are many ways that you can help in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. Rehabbers are a special bunch of people that see sickness and injury every day – this can be very emotionally draining and is not for everyone. But how about preparing food, fundraising, cleaning or driving the car for wildlife rescues? There are many ways that you can help and you don’t need to be there full-time to support birds (and their carers!) in need.

  • What if I decide it’s not the right course for me?

    There is no risk with this free course! It doesn’t take long to get through and you do not have to complete it if you find it is not what you are looking for.

  • Will I get a qualification at the end?

    2020 Introduction to Wild Bird Rehabilitation is a free course designed to give you a basic overview of what is involved in the process of wildlife rehabilitation. You won’t get a qualification with this course, but with the paid Learn Bird Care courses you will gain a certificate of completion or Continuing Education points.

  • Is there a specific start or completion date?

    You can start the course anytime, but must complete it within 30 days of initial registration. Any of the downloadable content is yours to keep permanently for review as you need it.