From everything I've heard and read, you risk doing more harm than good by intervening. It's important to remember that being caught is a traumatic event for a wild animal. And then, there are plenty of ways to accidentally harm or kill them when trying to help... for instance, giving a baby bird water can easily result in drowning it. Honestly, I think leaving wild animals alone is usually the most respectful and helpful policy. I'm not saying always -- I imagine there are exceptions? -- but almost always.
>Hm. I just left an area in Puerto Rico where a large either skylark or heron baby >bird was "abandoned by its mother" or so I was told. Though, most afternoons I >saw a large bird circling the area along the shoreline as though looking for this >baby. The bird was frequently chased by dogs and cats. I got caught up with >activities off campus and forgot to seek assistance in getting this bird care. >Should I call the local university and ask for their help since the campus where >this baby bird is will be closing down for a month or two? Please let me know >what you think!