The late spring snowfall may have left the people of Northeast Wisconsin irritated, but for robins and other area birds, the unseasonable snow has created a real danger.
Lori Bankson, Curator of Animals at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay says that over the past two days, 50 animals have been brought to the sanctuary.
That’s a 1000 percent increase.
That increase is, in part, due to robins not being able to find food.
“Birds – especially these robins – are worm eaters, they’re insect eaters, they’re fruit eaters, and with this snow coverage they just can’t get down to the ground like they normally would,” Bankson said.
Helping out hungry robins is as easy as making them a plate to eat.
Robins are not birdseed eaters. Rather, they like worms and fruit.
Someone looking to lend a helping hand could make a little plate of meal worms, fruit, and even crushed cat or dog food and leave it out for robins to find.
Robins could also benefit from shelter, so constructing a lean-to from brush or even a box could help out the birds.
If you do happen upon a robin or other bird in distress, Bankson says to bring it in to Bay Beach or your local wildlife rehab center.
“Put on some gloves, put a pillow case over the bird, put it in a box or a carrier, something safe and secure, bring it here or contact your local wildlife rehabber, we’re all in here to help these animals out,” she said.