FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What should I do with the baby/ injured wild animal I just found?
Most often young wildlife found on their own should be left where they are. In most cases the baby you’ve encountered is simply taking its first steps and your “help” may actually cause more harm than good.
The animal’s mother is its very best chance for survival. You may not see the mother – even if you watch all day, but she is likely nearby. Unless you have proof that the mother is dead, do not move or touch the baby. If the baby has already been moved, you should immediately return it to where it was found and simply leave it be. The mother does not care if you have touched the baby, and will not abandon it. Many mothers also provide special nutrients that formulas cannot replicate.
If a bird’s nest has fallen you may put it back. If you cannot reach the nest location or if it was damaged, try to fashion a new one out of an old strawberry basket lined with grass and hang it as close as possible to the original location. The mother will find it and will continue caring for her young.
If you are absolutely certain that the mother is dead, contact the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center for guidance. Only a certified wildlife rehabilitator may care for orphaned wild animals.
Injured Wildlife (Birds of Prey, Waterfowl, and Bats)
If you encounter wildlife in need of help call the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center as soon as possible for guidance. Do not feed or give water to the animal.
Wild animals have special needs and it is against the law to keep wildlife in your home. Only a certified PA wildlife rehabilitator may care for injured or orphaned animal.
FOR INFORMATION AND HELP WITH INJURED OR YOUNG ANIMALS
Sky’s Spirit Wildlife Center
889 Farren Surrena Road
Harrisville, PA 16038
Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center
21601 Stull Road
Saegertown, PA 16433
Phone: (814) 763-2574
Pennsylvania Game Commission: 1 800-533-6764. (skunks, raccoons, deer and other wildlife)
For medium to large animals in Millcreek only, call the Millcreek Township Police Department at (814) 838-9515.
Q: Can I bring my dog to walk on the trails?
Dogs must be on leashes at all times and are permitted on the Greenway Trail between Asbury Park and Brown’s Farm only. Dogs are not permitted on the east side of Asbury Road where the Nature Center is located. Please pick up after your pet.
Q: Can I release my pet turtle, snake or other animal at Asbury Woods?
No. Pet animals may carry diseases that can wipe out native populations, even if your pet appears to be in good health. In addition, competition for food, the inability to find food, and issues related to climate/weather adaptation may lead to your pet’s death by freezing and/or starvation.
Q: Where is the nearest…?
Rest Room: Restrooms are located inside the Nature Center. After hours, a family restroom is also located just inside the Nature Center’s front door. Restrooms are also located at the back of Brown’s Farm Barn and at Asbury Park.
Drinking Fountain: A fountain is located beside the Outdoor Pavilion at the Nature Center, at Brown’s Farm Barn and at Asbury Park.
Pop Machine: There is a pop machine inside the white Asbury Barn across the road from Asbury Woods Nature Center.
Q: Where can we picnic?
Picnicking is not permitted on the Nature Center grounds on the east side of Asbury Road. Tables and covered pavilions are available behind Asbury Barn just across the road from Asbury Woods Nature Center and at Brown’s Farm.
Q: How do we find out what is going on at Asbury Woods?
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Q: What can I do about this bird that’s pecking at my window?!
This behavior usually occurs during mating season. The bird thinks it is seeing another bird of the same species and sex and is trying to defend its territory. Try hanging something over the window to break up the reflection – such as pieces of yarn or a sheet of newspaper.
Q: How can I discourage birds from diving into my window and injuring themselves?
Birds may see only the reflection of the sky or trees in your window, rather than the glass barrier. Screens or blinds may help, but a silhouette shape of a hawk with you can make or purchase may discourage many birds.