It’s Migration Season Again

Posted on 28 August 2008 by Dawn Keller

The start of fall migration is here and it's time for us to get ready to rescue birds that have hit the buildings in downtown Chicago.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation's rescue and recovery teams patrol buildings in Chicago's downtown loop each morning during migration in order to save birds that strike buildings. These birds are transported to Flint Creek Wildlife's nearby Northerly Island location where they receive prompt medical care for their time-sensitive injuries.

Thousands of birds strike glass on Chicago's many buildings during their twice-yearly migration through the city. These stunned birds fall to the ground where they lie unconscious. Without intervention, they are stepped on by unaware pedestrians, eaten by hungry gulls or die a slow death without the benefit of medical treatment. These birds include many beautiful warblers, woodpeckers, thrushes and buntings, among others. Last year, an amazing 90% of birds that arrive for treatment at our Northerly Island facility recover and can be released back to the wild. Timely treatment is important to survival rates and rescue teams ensure that birds can be treated by our trained staff at Northerly Island where they will have their best chance of survival.

Training will be provided. Interested volunteers should complete the volunteer application on our website at

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