WARREN -- Since the publication of a story last week in The Vindicator about increased numbers of orphaned birds this year, rehabilitator Heather Merritt of the Birds in Flight Sanctuary in Warren has received up to 15 calls a day about seemingly orphaned or injured birds.
But some people who call are mistakenly concerned about baby birds being kicked out of their nests because the birds are undergoing the natural process of fledging, during which young birds develop before learning to fly, Merritt said.
The birds are not orphaned, but actually are being taught by their mothers, she said.
Individuals with questions or concerns about injured or abandoned birds should contact a local veterinarian or the Ohio Division of Wildlife at 1 (800) WILDLIFE to find a licensed bird rehabilitator.
The state's wildlife division also offers a directory of bird educators who can answer questions from the public.
To set up an educational program about birds in this area, individuals should contact Merritt's educational partner, Aimee Pico, owner of Lake Milton Raptor Center, at (330) 281-5455.