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


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?
<strong>Do you ever wonder why people rehabilitate wildlife?


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.


  • 1
    • Welcome
    • How to Navigate the Course
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
    • Why do we do it?
    • Bird Diet Types
    • What it takes to be a Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • 2
    The Rehabilitation Process
    • Terminology
    • The Rehabilitation Process - Part 1
    • Temporary Holding Box
    • Place a Bird into a Holding Box
    • Retrieve a Bird from a Holding Box
    • The Rehabilitation Process - Part 2
    • A Fully-Fledged Wildlife Rehabilitator
    • Quiz Time!
    • Downloadable Documents

Why wait when you could be helping wildlife today?

Join a community of wildlife professionals!







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


What Others Have Said

  • 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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  • Wild Bird Rescue

    Lorraine Dawson

    Kia ora I enjoyed learning about the correct way to care for wild birds, the basics of capturing and transportation of the injured bird has helped me become...

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    Kia ora I enjoyed learning about the correct way to care for wild birds, the basics of capturing and transportation of the injured bird has helped me become confident in knowing what to do and learning the basics of nursing a captive bird until it is ready for release is important to me especially to help the protected and endangered birds. The course was easy to follow and understand and I appreciated the colourful pictures of bird species and bird care.

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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.