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spend some time on the ground until they get the hang of it.  The baby bird is much more likely to die in captivity than in the wild.

What should I do if I find an injured bird?

There are many wildlife rehabilitators throughout the state of Georgia that are able to care for injured birds.  You can access this list by calling any Wildlife Resource Division office or the Special Permit Unit at (770) 761-3044.

Where and when can I go to see migratory birds?

The best time to observe the largest number of species is during the spring and fall migration.  In Georgia, the last two weeks of April form the peak of the spring migration, while September is the peak of the fall migration.  In the summer breeding neotropical migrants are found across the state, but the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Georgia has the greatest diversity.  Many state and national parks and wildlife management areas provide excellent bird watching opportunities.  For specific sites, see Giff Beaton’s Birding Georgia listed below.

Can I keep bird feathers and nests if I find them in the wild?

No.  Unless you have a salvage permit, you should leave all bird bones, feathers, eggs and nests alone.  The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 decreed that all migratory birds and their parts (including eggs, feathers and nests) were fully protected. A salvage permit must be acquired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and is typically available to school teachers, nature centers and other educators.

What can I do to keep hawks from eating birds at my feeder?

By putting out birdseed, you attract seed eating birds.  This very fact means that you are likely to attract bird predators.  Hawks are fully protected predators.  If you can’t accept the fact that a hawk might take one or two you really need to stop feeding the small birds.

What is a good field guide to learn about birds?

There are a number of excellent field guides available today.  Some use photographs and others paintings.  Generally, the paintings are considered better at capturing the variability commonly found within a single species, though much is dependant on your personal preference.  Two of the top guides available today are the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and the Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America.

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