The other day I saw a baby owl on the ground while its mother was sitting straight above it in a tree. I know it couldn’t fly because it was still covered with downy feathers. I wanted to help it but didn’t know what to do.
Most likely the baby owl fell out of the nest and the mother knew exactly where it was. She might still feed her baby on the ground. However the baby owl is in danger on the ground of getting preyed upon by a raccoon or fox. The only way you could have helped the baby owl was to pick it up and place it in the tree. Whenever a baby bird is found on the ground, place it back in the nest if possible. The baby’s best chance of survival is with its mother. It’s against the law to keep wild animals if you don’t have permits, even if you plan to release them.