No, these are not highly-trained nestling Blue Jays posing artfully on an American flag. They’re just really cute orphaned Blue Jays who were raised and eventually released by Kim Doner of WING-IT in Tulsa. And Kim  – besides being a great rehabber – knows how to Photoshop.

It’s summer, so rehabbers all over the country are being deluged with babies as well as the usual injured adults. These saintly people are are stressed out, sleep deprived, and working insane hours, but they somehow manage to stick to the feeding/medical treatment schedules and give all kinds of wild creatures a second chance at life.

Please – help them!

Google your town, county, or state, find your closest wildlife rehabilitator, and send them a donation. Ask if they need help. Why not celebrate the 4th of July by helping the struggling wildlife (and wildlife rehabbers) of our country?

Written by Suzie
Suzie Gilbert is a licensed wild bird rehabilitator whose shameful secret is that on one occasion (well … maybe more than one) she has received a little brown job, or a fledgling whatever, and has been completely unable to ID it. Luckily, she has birder friends who will rush to her aid, although she must then suffer their mockery. She runs Flyaway, Inc. out of her home, and has been caring for injured and orphaned wild birds for 20 years. Why go birding when you can just stroll through the house? Honestly, though, she is wildly envious of birders and their trips to exotic locales. She is the author of Flyaway, her bird-rehabbing memoir, and Hawk Hill, a children's book, and is the sole parent of two teenagers. Never a dull moment.