In many parts of the country this is about the time when little baby birds start hatching from their eggs and peeping in their nests. When I was growing up I remember that we would occasionally find baby birds who had fallen from their nests or whose nests had been destroyed by a predator.
One time when we found a robin we decided to try in earnest to save him. We kept him warm in a box that had an old nest we had found previously and fed him with little strips of deli ham and water from a medicine dropper. I'm not sure why we fed him ham (maybe we thought it looked liked worms?!) but it worked, and he thrived!
"Caesar" grew up strong and friendly. He even liked our dog! We didn't intend to keep him forever, though, and when July 4th rolled around we thought it would be very poetic to give him his freedom (Independence Day).
With some urging, he flew away, but still came back to visit every once in awhile. It was a very fun experience and made for a fond childhood memory.
Has your family had any interesting experiences raising wild or orphanned animals? One spring we bottle-fed an orphanned lamb for a local farmer. Friends of ours in Florida regularly care for orphanned squirrels as a part of a program at their local wildlife center. I'm sure there are other opportunities around for this sort of thing. It would be neat to hear about them!