Help Lakeside Nature Center save baby animals

You’re more likely to find baby animals in need this summer, so be informed about how your intervention can help (or harm) local wildlife in need

Lakeside Nature Center

This award-winning facility houses ~60 animals including bald eagles, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Photo via Lakeside Nature Center by A. Zahner Company

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For most of us, summer is a season for sunshine and relaxation. For animal rescue services, it’s also baby season.

Between February and October — but especially in the summer — you’re much more likely to come across baby animals that appear sick, injured, or abandoned. Our advice: Trust the pros.

Meet Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center doesn’t just offer free, public recreational and educational programming. It’s also one of Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation hospitals, admitting more than 4,000 animals to its rehab and release program in 2022 alone.

Get to know your local nature center with upcoming guided hikes and native garden work days, and see how you can volunteer.

Never guess when it comes to animal care. Check Lakeside’s online resources, then call the center at (816) 513-8960 and leave a detailed message. Note that wildlife rehabs can’t accept animals across state lines. For our KCK readers, call Operation Wildlife. But before you do…

Assess the situation

Many animals brought into wildlife rehabilitation centers aren’t actually abandoned. An animal displaying no indicators distress or injury may just be waiting for mom. If the animal is bleeding or obviously injured, consult your local wildlife rehab right away.

Be mindful of the animal’s wellbeing

Don’t act immediately when you’ve determined an animal is abandoned. Human contact stresses the animal and could lead to injury and disease (to you and the animal). Human food or improper feeding technique can also cause harm. Keep a close eye, be patient, and visit Lakeside’s resource guide.

At this point, you’re in good hands. Follow their instructions to safely bring in the animal, and go cash in on your good deed for the day. Mother Nature thanks you.

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