South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

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Work on our barn has been slow-going in February. Permits were delayed, weather interferred more than once, and as of February 27th, we're still waiting for our large front and back doors to be installed. That notwithstanding, during December and January progress was made: the new roof and skylights were completed; the structure was "vapor wrapped" prior to the installation of metal siding. The barn looks so much larger! Thank you to the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation for the seed money to get this project off the ground. It is a 27-year old dream in the making, and something we've saved for since the Wildlife Center was founded!

     Founder Carol Lee  created a Facebook account in mid-June. The day before, she signed SPWRC up on the GoFundMe website at GoFundme.com so it could be piggy-backed onto my new Facebook account. I hope we’ll get some donations from this site to help us reach our goal to modify our 26 year old three-story barn which has never been completed. For 19 years we were 100% volunteer, but when we had to hire a full and part-time employee, I saw that dream receding into the distant future. Last year, however, we received $189,435.00 from the Talkington Foundation, and this is seed money to jump start this project and makes it become a reality. A “good faith estimate” by our architect and builder estimates the cost at $295,621.00. We’d like to raise the difference - $106,186.00 – so we don’t have to strip our savings. Every penny not used for operating expenses has been put in the bank and we have no debt. Please check it out. If we’ve helped you in the past, perhaps you will help us reach our goal now! The photo above is the current, tired barn.

This is the property as it looked in the early 1990s -- now much of the perimeter is surrounded by tall Afghan Pine and other trees. “Ambassador Row" was constructed in 2003 in front of the barn to house the Center's education raptors. Our flight cage was completed later that year. In June, 2004, a large pond and outdoor amphitheater were added, along with a garden area near our eagle sculpture. In 2009 an old stucco structure was modified to become our new baby bird building. We also added an Animal Drop Off building in 2001, and a new spacious outdoor aviary in 2002. Without any debt, we were able to complete all these improvement projects because for our first 19 years, SPWRC was 100% volunteer, and every dollar not used for operations was put into our savings account. We’re very proud of our achievements.

 

 

Did you find a baby bird 

or  baby mammal?

READ BABY BIRDS 101 ON THIS SITE

CLICK ON "MORE" ON THE TOP RIGHT TOOLBAR AND SCROLL DOWN TO COTTONTAILS 101. THOSE ARE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR OTHER BABY MAMMALS, TOO.

  26 Years serving wildlife on the Texas South Plains and beyond


SPECIAL EVENTS AND DATES WILL BE POSTED HERE!  OUR NEXT OPEN HOUSE: TO BE ANNOUNCED - LIKELY IN LATE FALL OR AROUND HOLIDAYS WHEN OUR BARN PROJECT AND WATERFOWL FACILITY ARE COMPLETE OR NEARLY SO