Wildlife Rescue Resources
The following organizations treat and accept injured wildlife, please follow their instructions for what they accept, the help they provide and any payment that is involved.
Call the Blue Heron office if you need further assistance; we are not set up to treat wildlife at our facility and only offer a referral service.
4158 Klondike Road, Lithonia, Georgia 30038
Accepts all species of injured, ill, or orphaned native wildlife. Please take the animal to them but email them first. Animals are accepted daily from 9a.m. – 7p.m..
Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Accepts Injured and ill raptors, reptiles and amphibians only. Animals need to be brought to the wildlife center between the following hours: Monday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-4.
Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Animal Clinics (Open 24 hours, 365 days)
Cobb County location, 770-992-2055
Cherokee County location, 678-238-0700
Lake City Animal Hospital in Acworth
3671 Cobb Parkway NW Acworth, GA
To search for other Wildlife Rehabilitators in GA, use AWARE’s handy Resource List, shown by County.
Some animal hospitals and centers will have fees or accept donations, please inquire before you take an animal for help.
I Found a Baby Bird:
Use this flow chart to determine if you can return the baby bird to the wild undisturbed. If the baby is obviously injured or sick, follow the links above to find nearby rescue help.
I Found a Baby Wild Animal:
Use this flow chart to determine if you can return the baby to the wild undisturbed. If the baby is obviously injured or sick, follow the links above to find nearby rescue help.
Blue Heron Rescue
Great blue herons are majestic birds of prey that can be found in both fresh water and salt water environments throughout much of the United States, parts of southern Canada and into the Caribbean. They were once victims of hunting for their feathers, and have lost some of their wetland habitats, but are doing well in areas where there is suitable habitat and minimal disturbance.
The Blue Heron Nature Preserve has been home to many blue herons, which like to stand or wade in the pond and creek looking for fish in the water, or for amphibians, reptiles, insects, small mammals or even other birds that may be within striking distance. At about four feet tall, great blue herons are easy to identify, though they can be hard to spot when they stand motionless and blend into the background.
As impressive as their patient waiting for prey is and their quick striking once they spy something catchable, they are perhaps most majestic when in flight, with their massive size, long legs and wide wings.
For detailed information about the life history of great blue herons, photos, videos, sound samples and other information, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great source of information.
For the basics, visit: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/lifehistory
To see a live Blue Heron bird cam, visit:
If You Find a Blue Heron in Distress:
The public should not try to rescue an ill or injured heron, as it is too dangerous. The best solution is to follow the contact information for AWARE and have their volunteers rescue the bird unless it is an infant and can be taken to AWARE or one of the veterinary hospitals listed on the wildlife rescue page.
If you see a blue heron in a natural habitat, it’s always best to keep your distance and let the bird continue its natural behaviors. In Atlanta, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a good place to observe them, as are various points on the Chattahoochee River. If you see a blue heron in a non-natural setting in Atlanta (such as a road or parking lot), do not approach the bird, even if it appears injured. Blue herons are dangerous due to their strong, sharp beaks and should never be approached, even if you want to help. Instead, call the following:
- AWARE: 678-418-1111
- Your local animal control office
If you want to help blue heron populations thrive, support the preservation of undisturbed wetlands and natural areas, and clean, non-polluted waterways as much as possible, even within urban areas like Atlanta’s. Any time land is developed wildlife such as blue herons will be affected. Be careful when fishing or driving near wetlands. Getting caught in fishing equipment such as lines and hooks or being hit by cars are a major cause of blue heron injury in populated areas. Note that herons are legally protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act.