Do You Want to Help Sick or Injured Birds?

  • Have you ever found an injured bird and not known how to help?

  • Would you like to develop your skills in wild bird rescue and rehabilitation?

  • Do you know the essential first aid techniques for injured or sick birds?

  • Do You know how to assess a damaged wing and apply the correct bandage?

  • Can you calculate and administer the correct fluids to save a bird's life?

  • Do you know how to transport a sick bird safely and effectively?

  • Learn the essential skills for the initial rescue
    and care for any bird in need.

Meet Dr. Janelle Ward

Wildlife Veterinarian
Co-Founder, Learn Bird Care

When I was a young girl, I often “rescued” birds from my cat – he was a good hunter and unfortunately, I could never save them all. However, the few times I did manage to wrestle a bird from my cat's mouth, I had no idea what to do.

I tried giving them water, but they wouldn’t take it, or if they did, they would choke. I would also try putting them in a box with tissues and drop in a few worms from the garden. In most cases, I ended up calling our local “bird lady” and we would transport the bird in a box to her. Sometimes it had wounds, or it had trouble breathing. Many times, I didn’t know what happened to the wee thing, but I always hoped for its full recovery and that it would one day fly free again. This was the start of a lifelong passion for birds and conservation.

If you want to help wildlife, you don’t need to go and complete the eight years of training that I did! Over the years I have learned a lot, including that you don’t have to be a wildlife vet to be able to help! There are many ways to help sick, injured or abandoned wild birds, and the basics of bird rescue can be learned by anyone who is keen to learn and has a desire to help birds. We can help you to get started right now! Throughout our course, you will also develop a clearer understanding of how much you are willing and able to contribute.
<strong><font color=34B5CD>Meet Dr. Janelle Ward
You can help sick or injured birds in a variety of ways. You could help with the rescue or collection and transport of birds, you could be a vet nurse that helps handle and administer treatments or a vet that diagnoses and treats their injuries. Or you could become a fulltime wildlife rehabilitator – the choice is yours. But no matter what you choose, you need the right skills and techniques to help support birds: they are unique in their needs.

Learn Bird Care is all about helping you to get started so that the next time your cat delivers you a sparrow, or you find a bird in desperate need of your help…you will know what to do! We want you to develop the confidence to help a bird to heal and experience the joy of releasing a bird back into the wild where it belongs.


This online course will help you develop the necessary skills to successfully care for wildlife in need. You'll learn...

  • The step-by-step processes for capture, handling, transport and first aid for sick, injured or abandoned wild birds

  • How to decide when to rescue a bird by using our visual flowcharts

  • Skills and tips for the safe handling of any bird species

  • The legal requirements and steps to become a wildlife rehabilitator

  • How to perform a complete physical examination of a bird

  • The correct process to apply wing and leg bandages

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to tube feed a bird

  • The benefits and limitations of tube feeding a bird

  • Essential first aid instructions to save the life of a bird


  • 1
    Section 1 - Introduction
    • How to navigate your course
    • Welcome
    • Course Outline
    • A fun quiz to kick start your course!
  • 2
    Section 2 - Rescue
    • Wild Bird Rescue 101 - Rescue
    • Permits
    • Rescue Tips
    • Capture in more detail
    • Transporting
    • Bird Handling Tips
    • Wild Bird Rescue 101 - Rescue Quiz
    • Rescue Resourses - Downloadable documents
  • 3
    Section 3 - First Aid
    • Wild Bird Rescue 101 - First Aid
    • Basic 1st Aid Checklist
    • Physical Examination of a Bird
    • Towel Wrapping Video
    • Wing Bandage Video
    • Leg and Foot Bandage Video
    • Tubing Video
    • Needle Handling and Subcutaneous Fluids Video
    • Food Requirements
    • Euthanasia
    • Wild Bird Rescue 101 - First Aid Quiz
    • Resources First Aid - Downloadable documents
  • 4
    Section 4 - Supportive Care
    • Wild Bird Rescue 101 - Ongoing Care
    • Wild Bird Rescue 101 - Ongoing Care Quiz
    • Resourses Ongoing Care - Downloadable documents

What's Stopping You From Rescuing and Caring For Injured Birds?

The sky is the limit when you learn these core skills to help support a bird in need!


    With our downloadable rescue kit list, you can be prepared for your next bird rescue!


    Take the first steps to becoming a wildlife rehabilitator.


    Keep yourself and the birds safe while you save their life!


    Apply these core skills to your veterinary, animal care or wildlife profession.


    Take the guesswork out of bird rescue and learn how to do things the right way!


    Nothing beats the feeling of releasing a recovered bird back into the wild.

What Others Have Said

"This course answered all my bird first aid questions and the demonstration videos are fantastic! Thanks so much, I feel a lot more confident in handling sick and injured birds now. " ― Angela Dawson

" I really enjoyed the course. In fact, I found it to be essential learning for bird care." ― Claire Travers

"I throughly enjoyed the course, it was in-depth and very well put together, providing an easy learning 'flow'. There is a lot to learn, think about logically and understand in a precise manner. Wildlife rehabilitators are very special people." ― Chetna Mack

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course, got me thinking! " ― Sandra Burford

<strong><font color=34B5CD>What Others Have Said

Don't enroll in this course if...

  • You are already a skilled and experienced bird rehabilitator

  • You don’t want a life full of rich reward and cherished moments with wildlife

  • You are seeking financial gain

  • You think you know everything about wild bird care. Our courses are for learning, not comparing!

  • You want to cover the specifics of rehabilitation for certain species. This course applies core concepts across a range of species.

  • This programme is not for the faint-hearted but is for those who empathise with sick or injured wildlife.

Enroll in Wildlife Bird Rescue 101 today and receive these six BONUS items...

  • A downloadable Avian Fluid and Feeding Chart

  • A downloadable Basic Rescue kit list

  • Downloadable bird anatomy charts

  • Step-by-step physical examination tips

  • Downloadable physical examination, wildlife admission and medical record charts

  • A downloadable Excel spreadsheet to assist with fluid calculation

Not Sure if This Course is for You?

Review Your Options


Do you want to help rescue and care for sick or injured birds?

If you continue with your current knowledge and come across a bird in need, will you know what to do? You could try to capture and transport the bird to someone more experienced but how would you handle the bird? How would you ensure you don’t make their suffering worse?

You can try to find free information and resources online – but can you trust the creators of that information? 

Our tutors have collective experience of over 25 years!

Enroll in Wild Bird Rescue 101 and obtain the knowledge and technical skills to safely rescue and care for a bird in need, without compromising animal welfare. 

Our courses are designed to ensure that you get the quality information and resources you will need to provide a great service to wild birds.


What Do You Get with Wild Bird Rescue 101?

  • 100% Money-Back Guarantee

    Effective for 30 days from purchase date. Details and restrictions apply.

  • 6-Month Access

    You have 6 months to complete and access to your courses.

  • Course Certificate

    All paid courses are awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Still Have Questions?

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for anyone that has an interest and concern for sick and injured (or abandoned) wild birds. It will be of particular interest to animal care workers, veterinary professionals, field biologists or anyone keen to become a wildlife rehabilitator or be involved with wildlife rescue. Note that some videos or images contain deceased or injured birds and parental guidance is recommended for those under the age of 16. This course gives specific information, demonstrations and step-by-step instructions on how to help a sick or injured bird, whilst keeping yourself safe.

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

    Yes, this course will give you a good grounding in some of the essential skills and knowledge to become a wildlife carer – but only for birds. This course does not cover other species. As a “101” course it is important to realise that this is still an introductory level, and that further training, mentorship and experience will be needed. It is important to have others to back you up and to have a veterinary clinic that you can send wildlife to when needed. This course is designed to be a prerequisite to other, species-specific or advanced 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. This course will still help you to understand the bigger picture and the steps involved in rescuing and caring for a wild bird that is too sick or injured to heal on its own.

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

    We have a money back guarantee, so that if you are unsatisfied with the course, or find it was not at all what you expected, then you have 30 days to request a refund. We are very proud of what we have created and are at no time exaggerating the course content, so we are confident that very few people will find themselves in this position. We are also very open to suggestions for improvements to the course, and with the extended access we give you the opportunity to communicate with us as you go through the course so that we can help with any questions or problems.

  • Will I get a qualification at the end?

    Wild Bird Rescue 101 has three quizzes that you need to pass with a 50% rate to gain a certificate. Whilst this is not an international qualification, it will be favourably looked upon as continuing education, or as evidence of wildlife knowledge for enrolment for other courses. In some countries it will constitute points for Continuing Education.

  • Is there a specific start or completion date?

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

  • What if I decide that wild bird rehabilitation is not for me?

    Even if you decide that this is not something you can commit to right now, you will gain a much better appreciation for the people and organisations that are out there doing this amazing work, and will feel inspired by all the good will and volunteer effort involved. You will be prepared with what specifically to do if you come across a sick or injured bird – whether it be your own pet bird, a wild bird that hits a window or is hit by a car. You can actively contribute to animal welfare by applying the principles learned in this course as situations arise. Alternatively, you could provide good advice to others about where to find the right information and resources.