Flightless Fledglings Reply

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Nikki Do

Spring has been in full play at Stacey since March 20th, the equinox. Naturally, the birds and the famous Stacey gophers have woken up to its sweet smell. This is time for celebration as the earth is reborn, but problems with Mother Nature can occur, specifically with the birds.

Fledglings, birds that are learning to fly, litter Stacey’s campus. According to Mass Audubon, statistics show that only thirty percent of these creatures survive. The greatest problem, however, is not their ability, or rather their inability, to fly but the interference of humans while learning to do so.

On April 11th, 2016, a young fledgling was found outside of the B building by the parking lot at the end if the school day. Many students on their way home migrated over to see the small sight and tried to interact with it.

Oddly enough, many students were alarmed, believing that the young bird needed help. Contrary to their beliefs, this is a natural part of a bird’s life and is to be left alone.

A fledgeling may spend up to two weeks on the ground before it masters flight. During that time, its parents will continue to feed it. This is natural and expected.

If it is in a dangerous location, it is fine to gently move it to a safer place nearby where its parents will find it, preferably near some cover like a bush. Do not worry about your “scent” getting on it, as this is a wives’ tale.

Bringing birds home is also be prohibited; hence, it is illegal. Moreover, the birds found to be taken home have a harder time living in the wild; they miss the lessons their parents teach them and the opportunities to hone their survival instincts.

Overall, these birds will survive with or without your help, the only difference is that when humans interfere, a fledgling’s chance at surviving is minimized.

Please, students, do not bother the fledglings and leave them be.

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