When birds can't fly, they need a lift – and that's where you come in

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If you come across a stricken bird or animal in the road, what do you do?

Well, if you're in Duluth, you take it to wildlife rehab organization Wildwoods, which has this past week had two injured bald eagles and an owl brought in for treatment.

But the center needs help. It can only do so much in certain cases, mainly providing triage treatment, and then it needs to get the creatures the specialized help required for their recovery.

To do that, it relies on a band of volunteers who are willing to take an extra passenger with them if they're planning a trip to the Twin Cities – where the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota are based.

An appeal to help Wildwoods went out on Reddit this week, after a driver was found to take an injured owl to Minneapolis.

"They have animals almost every other day who need rides from Duluth to Minneapolis," Redditor moosobay wrote. "All the transports are from volunteers. People with kids might especially be interested in helping out, it's a great experience. Right now they have a bald eagle in need of transport. It's pretty cool really."

How you can help

The organization has volunteers who help in several areas, including transportation.

People living in the Duluth area who are interested in having a feathered or furry friend join them on their trips to the metro area can apply here to become a Wildwoods Transporter.

Driver volunteers will receive periodic emails soliciting their help. Appeals are also made on the organization's Facebook page.

What do you do with an injured eagle?

One of Wildwoods' appeals for rides caught the eye of MPR earlier this week, after it took in a bald eagle Monday that had been hit by a car.

It prompted the news organization to ask the question, what do you do if you find an injured bald eagle?

Driver Robbi Tribbey, who ended up volunteering to take the eagle to the Twin Cities for treatment on behalf of Wildwoods, said hitting the bird as it flew in front of her car led to a "three-hour dance." MPR reported:

They shooed it out of the road to protect it from other cars. They held up blankets to keep it from getting spooked by traffic. They called every number they could think of: the DNR, local veterinarians, the Raptor Center. No one was available to come out and assist.

In the end, they put it in a cardboard box, took it home, kept it overnight – and brought it to Wildwoods the next day.

They were praised by Wildwoods, who said on Facebook: "Not everyone who accidentally hits an animal stops to help it. These folks set a shining example!"

Wildwoods gave MPR some tips for people traveling with an eagle in the car, telling them to make the car as quiet as possible, with no radio or excessive conversation, as well as not stopping to take photos or show other people.

It was actually one of two appeals for volunteer drivers for bald eagles issued by Wildwoods this past week, with another of the majestic birds landing on its treatment table a day after the Tribbeys brought theirs in.

Eagle ride update:We have a ride, leaving tomorrow morning. Thanks so much, Teresa!Critter transport alert:Believe...

Posted by Wildwoods on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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