South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

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 "Baby-Bird" Season is here!

SPWRC gets many calls every day during spring and summer about baby birds. 

PLEASE click on the tab-above, left- to determine whether to "rescue" or not. 

Remember, youngsters NORMALLY spend a few days on the ground before they can fly well - a time when parents look after them and teach them essential survival skills. Please don't kidnap them. If necessary, and if a young bird is  injured, pick it up (yes, this is OK!) and move it to a safer spot nearby. (Out of the street, etc.)

(Photo of young Blue Jay fledge by Carol Lee)

Plan a Birthday Party at SPWRC!
Click on "More" on the toolbar on upper right, and scroll down to see several
pages with Birthday Party information!

Coming in June:



South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

3308 95th St. Lubbock TX

When: June 6th and 7th (Tues/Wed)

1 pm to 3 pm

Who:  8 to 11 year olds

Cost: $30 per child (paid in advance)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contact: Gail Barnes—806-799-2142



This is a fun and popular summer activity for kids 8-11 years old and the class fills up quickly.

Owls have been revered and feared throughout time, and are some of nature's most interesting creatures.

A number of owl species call this area home. Learn about how they make a living, their special "adaptations" like keen hearing, eyesight and their razor-sharp talons. Find out what owls eat and how they catch their food; learn about where they nest;  how the Wildlife Center cares for displaced wild owl chicks when they are brought n for care, and the steps taken to release our patients back to the wild.

Our live owl "ambassadors" will also be around for children to meet up close!

This class is back by popular demand, so sign up is limited!

Call Gail at the number above if you have any questions!

Wildlife Friendly Yards include

 "Native" Plants

“Native plants, which have co-evolved with native wild birds, are more likely to provide a mix of foods--just the right size, and with just the right kind of nutrition--and just when the birds need them.” Stephen Kress, National Audubon Society

What are native plants?
Native plants are those which existed in an area prior to European settlement. These plants are well adapted to the climate, precipitation, soils, insects, and other local conditions and are consequently easier to grow than non-natives. Once established, the need to water them is minimal. For information on the plants native to your area, there is lots of information online. Lubbock is in Zone 7.

Over thousands of years, birds and plants developed this mutually beneficial relationship.
Birds help  pollinate plants, disperse their seeds, and eat the insects that can ravage them. To entice birds to do this work for them, plants have evolved colorful, nectar-filled flowers and tasty, nutrient-packed fruits and seeds to nourish them. 

      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 our early years, issues were not quarterly as they were for many years, but simply published as I had time to write, edit and do 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 and keeping our web site updated.  Here's the link: