Nature's Nursery
Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Education


Wildlife rehabilitation involves caring for injured, orphaned or ailing native animals, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Nature’s Nursery is licensed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and takes in approximately 3,000 animals each year. Our hotline is available 365 days a year, and helps more than 15,000 callers annually with questions about wildlife issues or an animal they have found.

Have you found an animal that appears injured or orphaned?
Many times, an animal we think may be in trouble is in fact exhibiting natural behavior. Young wild animals always do best when left with their parents, and even babies that have been separated from their parents can often be reunited successfully with them. If you have found an animal you believe may need “rescuing,” please call us at 419-877-0060 or click here to determine whether intervention is necessary, or:

Click here if you have found a bird that may need help, then here for information about rescuing birds.

Click here if you have found a mammal that may need help, then here for information about rescuing mammals.

Nature’s Nursery serves Northwest Ohio. Call us at 419-877-0060 if you need assistance locating a wildlife rehabber in another area. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is against the law for people to possess wild animals without the necessary state and/or federal permits. Never try to raise a wild animal or bird yourself. Not only can you be fined and/or imprisoned, but the animal’s best chance for survival is to be raised by trained professionals who can provide the proper diet and medical care. Additionally, many animals carry diseases or parasites that can be transmitted to humans, especially children.

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Spotlight Case: Electro-Shocked Turkey Vulture

Injured birds that come to Nature’s  Nursery often have been hit by cars, flown into windows, or been caught by people’s pet cats. But a Turkey Vulture that was admitted several weeks ago had a more unusual mishap: it suffered electric shock in a freak accident. This vulture and another managed to touch wings in flight at just the same moment they also each touched separate power lines. One of the vultures was electrocuted and died soon afterward. The other was found by a Toledo Zoo employee and brought to Nature’s Nursery. The bird had severe burns to its face and head. One eye appeared to be missing and the other was rolled back in the socket. The feathers on the left side of the body were down to the shafts. We dealt with the burns and started the bird on pain meds, antibiotics, and vitamin A. Although the vulture is making progress toward recovery, it is highly unlikely it will ever be releasable. It’s still too early to tell what the outcome will be, but if the bird survives, we will begin exploring options for permanently placing it at another facility.

Members of:

Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association 

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

Community Shares Northwest Ohio 

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