Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from charity knitting; often, animals can too. Even wild animals can, in many cases, especially those that are sick or orphaned and being nursed back to health by wildlife rehabilitators. Here’s an example of a cause that really needs some caring charity knitters: orphaned baby songbirds. Wildlife hospitals all over the country admit these babies and raise them so that they can return to the wild, even without a mother to feed them. These baby birds need knitted (or crocheted) nests to simulate the environment they would have in the wild. This is where charity knitters come in: you can create as many nests as you can to help baby songbirds return to the wild. WildCare, located in San Rafael, California, is a wildlife rehabilitation center that will gladly take your hand-knitted or hand-crocheted nests and use them in both its animal hospital as well as those all over the country. How You Can Help There are two big ways you can help WildCare’s mission. First, of course, you can make nests! Nests of every size are truly needed, as baby songbirds come in many sizes – from tiny to much larger. At WildCare’s Baby Bird Nest Craft-Along site, you can find information on how to make nests. If you, or perhaps a child, are not confident enough in your knitting or crochet abilities and aren’t sure you can make stitches tight enough for nests, you can make a pouch instead! Pouches are used as blankets for the nests, adding an extra bit of warmth to the baby birds as needed. These can easily be made from recycled sweaters; directions can be found at the same link shown above. Want to help even more? Consider donating a little money. As little as $5 can supply meals for 15 hungry birds. Think of all the good you can do through the Baby Bird Nest Craft-Along. You can not only save adorable baby birds, but you can help the environment by contributing to the health of songbird populations all over the country. What a wonderful opportunity for charity knitting to do a whole lot of good!