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Window Strike Assistance – A bird or birds have struck your windows at your home or office – what do you do?  
1. Keep the injured bird safe
If the bird is still there, assume it is alive.  A window strike victim may appear to be deceased, but it may only be stunned.  If unsure, assume the bird is alive and give it a chance to recover.

Reduce all stress possible – lower voices, move slowly and ensure the bird is kept safe.  If you aren’t alone, have one person watch over the bird, leaving it where found.  This person will ensure cats, dogs and wild scavengers are kept at bay.  If other people happen to be there and curious of what you are doing, quietly educate them and ensure they also are not stressing the animal – no handling and absolutely no selfies.  One or two quick non-invasive photos to document the strike are helpful (see Report a Strike) – but never at the cost of stressing an injured animal or causing delay of its rescue.
2. Secure the bird for recovery
Have someone find a small clean dark box (to preserve warmth and security, and limited movement).  Place something soft at the bottom, ensuring it’s not something that will catch their nails. This is the first handling the bird should have.  Place the bird(s) gently into the box and place this in a quiet sheltered place, such as out of the direct sun.   If you are not alone and/or do not have a box, just do your best to keep the bird quiet and safe while you follow the next step.  
3. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator
Contact our partner:  CalgaryWildlife.org or call (403) 214-1312 for advice.  If after hours, you can also call a local 24-hour vet or to drop off the patience. Whenever possible, it is best to have a window strike animal examined by a Wildlife Rehabilitator.  Sadly, while birds may appear to be recovered and fly away on their own, they may actually have significant injuries which require treatment for survival.  Left untreated, they may suffer or die later.

4. Your safety is paramount
Never compromise your own safety.  Often, we see injured wildlife in places we simply cannot access safely, such as on behind a construction partition or on the train tracks at a C-Train station.  If you need assistance in such a situation or simply don’t feel comfortable handling the injured bird, please contact Calgary Wildlife for guidance.

(403) 214-1312      CalgaryWildlife.org
Now that you are a bird rescue hero (thank you!), now what?  
You now have an opportunity to contribute to long-term preservation of birds, as well as world-wide data collection.  
Be a Citizen Scientist:  Please upload information regarding the bird strike to:  https://birdsafe.ca/gbr/
Prevent Future Strikes:
Contact Us
For Media and General Information Only:   calgaryresponse@gmail.com

For ALL Wildlife Calls:  (403) 214-1312 / CalgaryWildlife.org

All work by CMSRT is undertaken lawfully with the appropriate federal and provincial permits.

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Send us an email at calgaryresponse@gmail.com
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, volunteer and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 Region of Southern Alberta.  
Contact Us
For Media and General Information Only:   calgaryresponse@gmail.com

For ALL Wildlife Calls:  (403) 214-1312 / CalgaryWildlife.org

All work by CMSRT is undertaken lawfully with the appropriate federal and provincial permits.

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