As city landscapes grow taller, concrete walls and glass windows become dangerous obstacles for wild birds trying to navigate Manhattan’s urban jungle. After discovering that they city had no resources to come to the rescue of injured wildlife, Rita McMahon founded the Wild Bird Fund in 2001.
Last year alone, the Wild Bird Fund helped to rehabilitate over 3,000 birds and other wildlife, including orphaned opossums and squirrels with burn injuries.
McMahon says that birds share a unique bond with people. But even more important, birds offer people a direct connection to nature – something she says is crucial for our own survival.
This week’s Full Frame Close Up gives a first hand glimpse inside the rescue efforts of New York City’s Wild Bird Fund.
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