Mrs. Collett, who with her husband operates a wildlife rehabilitation center on the west coast of Florida, has nursed hundreds of birds and small animals back to health and released them. This book is both an account of her experiences and a guide for those who might, on however small a scale, do likewise. Twenty-two chapters deal with an enormous variety of creatures and their special diet, medical and nursing needs as well as tips on housing, infant care and preparation for a return to the wilds. Unlike many who share Mrs. Collett's preoccupation and write about it, she leaves all surgery to the vet and is meticulous in procedures. And she has studied her patients' more maddening requirements: pelicans must be fed their fish on the right side of the throat -- the left is a direct route to the lung. (A wonderful bird is the pelican. . .) A useful book with all kinds of lists, formulas, directions for capture, etc. and pleasant photographs of the incredibly dedicated Mrs. Collett on ward duty.