Knit Nests for Baby Birds in Rehab

I’m no knitter, but birds are easy to love. So, when I read that abandoned baby birds need warm nests to live in at wildlife and conservation centers, I knew GeekMoms had to hear about it.

WildCare is a nonprofit in San Rafael, California, that cares for over 3,000 wild animals annually (including more than 500 baby birds last year). Many of these baby birds had fallen out of, or otherwise become separated from, their nests during the spring season. An important part of their recuperation is a warm, soft, safe nest substitute. The hard plastic bowls that had been used to house them sometimes resulted in bruises… the idea for knitted nests was born.

Local knitters answered the call from WildCare and donated over 500 nests last year.

Knitted nest snuggles baby birds in video from babybirdnest.org. (Screengrab K. Moore)

If you’d like to help, contact your local conservation organizations to discover whether they are using knitted nests, or donate directly to WildCare. They have a web page dedicated to the Nest Knitting project and knitting instructions are available, along with a Ravelry group and FAQ. There is also a crochet option if a hook is your thing.  (via SFGate)

Kay works with engineers, scientists, and programmers as a writer and editor, which she prefers over working with muggles. When sufficiently caffeinated, she geeks out over words, communication, biology, needlework, and recreational sports. And, of course, chocolate. Her children _may_ have been exposed to D&D at a too-young age, but they continue to play happily to this day.