FARGO-MOORHEAD — 13-year-old Logan Walkins biked around Northeast Park in Moorhead Friday afternoon, June 18, while shaking up a bag of birdseed.
His hope over the next couple days is to find one or more of the 80 lost budgie parakeets in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
"When I first saw (they were lost), I didn't really think anything of it, but then when I was playing my (video) game, I was like, 'Why am I doing this? I could save a bird's life,'" Walkins said, describing when he started his search.
This search comes after Thursday, June 17, when a man dropped off 21 budgies to the Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue and Education (CAARE) in West Fargo, then told the shelter he released 80 others into the wild near the Moorhead Country Club.
Carol Willey, CAARE's vice president, said the birds can't survive in the wild since they're bred in captivity.
As for Walkins, he believes his experience in taking care of budgie parakeets with his mom over the years will come in handy during his search.
"(Budgies) eat a lot, so I already know if there's one out here, it's hungry," he said.
While Walkins took his bird food on the go, Alison Laybourn put some parakeet food in her bird feeder at her and her mom's West Fargo apartment.
"We already feed the birds (near the apartment) anyways, and so I just felt like it's the least we could do," Laybourn said.
Since Thursday, CAARE has gotten several reports of budgie sightings.
Willey said Friday one was found dead in a yard in Sabin, Minn., and another was found dead in a south Moorhead yard.
She also said someone saw one alive in a neighborhood a block away from the Hornbacher's on 11th Street in Moorhead, but it's unclear if the bird is still in that neighborhood.
Even though the clock is ticking to save the rest of the budgies, both Walkins and Laybourn said they're confident they can help bring at least some of them back home.
"I'm just one of the people who joined in a little late, (but) hopefully I can find a couple of stragglers who haven't been found yet," Walkins said.
"If we can at least rescue even just one bird, we've done our part," Laybourn said.
If you see a budgie or several of them, you're asked to call CAARE at 701-293-3833, or message them on their Facebook page.