South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

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This regal Bald Eagle is under the care of staff and volunteers at South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.


Lab tests confirmed he is suffering from lead toxicity and he's currently undergoing treatment.


Follow his progress on the Center's Facebook page!



     Winter isn't quite over, but for the past few months I fill my wire peanut butter feeder on the coldest days. By the time I walk back inside, it's covered with small birds. 


     Initially it always takes a few days for them to rediscover it, but once they do, I often refill it twice a day. It's a great source of protein for our coldest days and nights. They are available online at Duncraft. com and other retailers that sell bird seed and supplies.

   Three years ago in January National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore visited SPWRC over a two-day period and took a number of photos of birds in our care. We’re permitted to use his photos for a period of ten years. I was recently contacted by Taylor Rhoades, Photo Ark Conservation Results Intern. I answered some questions, and decided this was a good time to share some of Joel’s images on our web site. Previously they only appeared in our quarterly Mockingbird Chronicles newsletters. Joel has been on assignments around the world and on every continent. He’s also been a contributor to Audubon, Time, Life and other publications.   Joel’s passion is the “©PhotoArk.com,” his creation and the photographic goal of which is to “document biodiversity, show what’s at stake and get people to care while there’s still time. Several thousand species have been photographed to date, with more to come.”






Joel Sartore at work photographing one of our songbirds


      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. 


Here's the link:

 https://swco-ir.tdl.org/swco-ir/handle/10605/286683