I found a bird that can’t fly, what do I do?

Within days to weeks of hatching baby birds begin exploring the area outside of the nest. Just like young humans that fall frequently when learning to walk, these young birds spend a lot of time on the ground and appear to not fly well (or at all!). The best thing that can be done for them is to leave them undisturbed with pets and children out of the area. If you can watch them from a distance or through a window, you will probably see the parents coming around to encourage and feed the young ones.

If the bird has a visible injury or has been caught by a pet or child, see the next question to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center.

I found an injured animal, what do I do?

Be careful. Even injured animals will act defensively if approached by a potential predator (a.k.a. You!). The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources maintains a list of all licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers in the state. The Eagle Mountain Nature and Wildlife Alliance has experience with and recommends Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

What does the Alliance do with donations?

We are extremely grateful for all generous donations of any amount. We use the money to secure property or create conservation easements in sensitive areas. We also provide educational opportunities to Eagle Mountain residents and to elected officials and staff.

Are there water-wise native plants I can have in my yard?

There are many non-native landscape options that are usually easier to get from a nursery, but for native plants we suggest:

  • Sagebrush
  • Rabbit brush
  • Mountain mahogany
  • Pinyon pine