South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

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     On Tuesday evening, February 7th, the local Llano Estacado Audubon Society  will host South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  once again for an educational presentation. 

     The hour-or-so long program is open to the public and free.

     SPWRC will bring some of their wildlife  ambassadors to the program. Afterwards, visitors are invited to see wildlife up close, take photographs, and talk with staff and volunteers.

     This event is particularly awesome for kids - they get a chance to see hawks, owls, and other wildlife species up close learn about their natural history and how they make a living.

     Doors open at 6:30 for general socializing and the presentation will start at 7:00 PM. Parking for the event is free and in the lot at the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center on University Avenue and 44th Streets.

      Photo from an earlier LEAS program is Maggie Hancock holding a very cute Virginia Opossum!

Several months ago a gentleman from elsewhere in Texas contacted me about making a nesting box for owls on his property.

I sent him several web sites with information and ideas and two days ago he sent an update - the Barn Owls liked the nest box, and he sent photos and gave me permission to use them here.

Help Wildlife this Winter

Buy seed and feed the birds. It's more economical to buy large bags than smaller sizes. On cold days, they can clean out a feeder in record time. If you want to pay special attention to smaller species (sparrows, finches, etc.) buy a feeder that has a screen around the tube to keep doves out. Doves will eat what drops to the ground anyway!

Always offer water. If temps are below freezing, change it often.

You can buy rabbit pellets for wild cottontails, and offer dry cat or dog food, fruits or berries if you welcome opossums to your yard. They are rarely found to be rabid and appear to be resistant to many viral diseases such as distemper, parvovirus and feline hepatitis normally found in domestic cats and dogs and some wild mammals. 

Nuts in or out of the shell will be appreciated by your furry little squirrel neighbors - they share our space, too.  Winter can be brutal when food or water may be in short supply.

Check out the short documentary made by several Texas Tech students!

If for some reason it won't take you to the video, it is on the Center's Facebook page and Carol Lee's Facebook page.

     South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc., is sincerely appreciative of the recent grant of $7,500 from The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation established in 1949 by William Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.  These funds are earmarked for food and supplies for our orphaned, ill, injured and displaced wildlife patients. Over 3000 wildlife admissions came through the doors of the Wildlife Center thus far in 2016.

     Founded in 1988, SPWRC serves native wildlife species and residents of the Texas South Plains and often well beyond. Our goal for each animal is release back to the wild whenever possible, and this effort is often enhanced by help from several local veterinarians. SPWRC is not funded by our state or federal regulatory agencies, and funds are raised through donations, tributes, gifts, education outreach presentations, fundraising or other special events and grants. Our heartfelt thanks to the Grainger Foundation for their generous support of our efforts for wildlife, a precious natural resource.

     We are also grateful for funds in the amount of $1,620.00 from the South Plains Foundation. 

     These funds are earmarked for new paint, flooring and security cameras for our animal Drop Off Building. Our Drop-Off building is open 24 hours for the convenience of area residents.

      A big thank you to Archivist David Marshall with the Southwest Collection on campus at Texas Tech University. He and his staff have digitized all our available past Mockingbird Chronicles newsletters. Our first black and white issue was published in 1995. In the early years, issues were not quarterly as they are now, but simply published as I had time to write, edit and do the photo work. Back then it was also a much bigger task than it is now, when a PDF can simply be uploaded to the printer. Meanwhile, I'll continue to post photos, etc. of my many fond memories of 30 years of working with and for wildlife. 

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