Q: What do I do if I find a bird that has hit a window and is still alive?

A: Carefully capture the bird and place it inside a paper bag or shoebox out of direct sunlight.  If you are able to do so, take the bird to a wildlife rehab center, such as the Animal Rescue League’s Wildlife Center in Verona, PA. [Google Map]

Q: Why are cardinals always flying into windows?

A: Male cardinals, robins, and other territorial birds attack windows as a way to defend their domain against the “other” bird they see in glass and reflective objects. In reality, these birds only see a reflection of themselves. In accordance with springtime activities, birds do not want male counterparts to occupy the same space because they may steal away with food, nesting material or their mate. These persistent window colliders are more likely to exhaust themselves than hurts themselves, but please visit our tips page for ways to deter cardinals and robins from your windows.

Q: When do birds migrate?

A: Generally speaking, birds migrate in fall and spring either to access breeding habitat, suitable climate, or, most importantly, abundant food resources. Exact arrival and departure dates vary according to region and year.

Q: What should I do if I find a baby bird outside of its nest?

A: Check out how to help young birds here!

Q: How can I volunteer with BirdSafe Pittsburgh?

A: Visit our ‘What does volunteering entail?’ page for more information.


Q: Is Avian Flu (HPA1, H5N1) a concern for BirdSafe Pittsburgh?

A: Avian Flu almost always infects humans after they handle contaminated poultry. It’s highly unlikely that birds killed in building strikes carry Avian Flu or have succumbed to it. For further concerns, please visit the Center for Disease Control.

Q: When was BirdSafe Pittsburgh first started?

A: Our pilot season was in the spring of 2014.