Our Intake Center is Closed

Our Intake Center is Closed for the Season. Our answering service will direct you calls as we are still rehabilitating small mammals, raptors, doves and pigeons, and crow and ravens through our Home Rehabbing Teams. Thank you for all you do for our wildlife. We will open next year on May 1, 2023.

If you find an injured or orphaned wild bird or mammal at ANY time of the year, contact us. Our answering service will direct you to an on-call volunteer.

Please do not leave animals at the door!

For Bats:  call Nor-Cal Bats (530) 902-1918.


  1. Minimize handling of the animal.  If possible, pick up animal with cloth or paper towel and place in box lined with soft cloth (old t-shirt material), tissue (for babies), paper towel or newspaper (adults).  Keep warm & quiet.
  2. Do not provide food or water (one exception: see hummingbird care or emergency baby bird care below).
  3. Place the animal in a disposable container (best if no larger than twice the animal’s size) and secure the lid with tape.

HUMMINGBIRD CARE: hummingbirds eat about every 15 minutes.  A hummer will drink out of a medicine dropper or shallow bottle cap on its own.  Do NOT get nectar on feathers!  Nectar “emergency” solution: 3 parts water, 1 part sugar (dissolve sugar in boiling water and cool).  Gently slip dropper over the tip of the beak (beak tip inside dropper) or allow bird to drink from bottle cap.  This is an emergency food only, not for long-term!

TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY BABY BIRD CARE INSTRUCTIONS (for finders who cannot get a baby bird to us immediately)



Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

wildlife rehabilitation, and release, wildlife rescue - Red Tail Hawk Release with Beth and Laurel 2


For over 35 years, WR&R has provided a valuable service by caring for injured and orphaned wildlife within Nevada County and surrounding areas of the foothills.


About our Organization

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Each year our team returns to the wild over 100 different species of native wildlife, including mammals, bats, songbirds, and raptors.
As a non-profit, we are completely funded by our volunteers and from generous individuals such as yourself.  If you would like to contribute to our cause, we thank you wholeheartedly.  


Getting Involved

We are preparing for our 2022 season and we need many volunteers to help care for baby mammals and birds.  If you are interested in helping but aren’t sure how, please contact us (click on the link) or by calling 530-432-5522.
If you would like to become a supporting member, please check out our Support Us page.   All members are invited to sign up for the monthly electronic newsletter.  Some of our members donate monetarily; others prefer to donate household items.  Please take a look at our wish list to help us give our animal friends a second chance at life.