Open House June 17th was a huge success, despite the 100+ heat.!
Photos, below, are of guests checking out our garden pond; volunteer feeding baby Blue Jays and kids having fun making and decorating owl masks!
We had 375 guests of all ages, and raised over $1600 in donations. Many folks also brought supplies from our Wish List and we thank you for those!
Our next Open House will be in December.
Keep an eye on our SPWRC Facebook and our web site page for news and future events!
"Baby-Bird" Season is here!
SPWRC gets many calls every day during spring and summer about baby birds.
PLEASE click on the Baby Birds 101
tab (above, left) - to determine whether to "rescue" or not.
It is NOT a good idea to try to put fledges back into the nest - they won't stay there and may try again to jump out, often risking breaking a leg or foot if they aren't yet flying well. 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)
Summer Species Profile:
The Virginia Opossum
The proper name of this urban
mammal is Virginia Opossum. “Opossum” means “little white animal” - from the
indigenous Native American Algonquians
who lived in Eastern Virginia.
There are several dozen different species of opossums. A primitive and slow-witted mammal, opossums are nocturnal and have a keen sense of hearing and smell.
The opossum is the only North American pouched mammal (marsupial). The undeveloped young are cared for in the pouch. There may be up to 14 per litter, each may weigh only 2 grams (30 Grams = 1 ounce), and an entire litter may fit in a teaspoon. The young remain in pouch about 2 months. Opossums have prehensile tails (capable of grasping). Babies are light enough to hang from their tails. They have fifty teeth and can snarl, although they go out of their way to avoid human contact.
Opossums are virtually disease free, although any warm-blooded mammal can get rabies. However, the chances of rabies in an opossum is extremely rare. This is thought to have something to do with the low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in the opossum's body.
According to The Mother Nature Network online, the opossum’s diet consists of carrion, rodents, insects including cockroaches, snails, slugs, birds, eggs, frogs, plants, fruits and grains. They also eat human food, table scraps, dog and cat food. They have an unusually high need for calcium, which incites them to eat the skeletons of rodents and road kill they consume.
When threatened, opossums run, growl, belch, urinate and defecate. When all else fails, they “play ‘possum” and act dead. It’s an involuntary response, like fainting, rather than a conscious act. They roll over, become stiff, close their eyes (or stare into space) and bare their teeth as saliva foams around the mouth and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted. The catatonic state can last for up to 4 hours, and has proven effective as a deterrent to predators looking for a hot meal.
Male opossums are called jacks and females are called jills. The young are referred to as joeys, just like their Australian marsupial cousins, and a group of opossums is called a passel.
They're in urban Lubbock neighborhoods and will be attracted by pet food left outdoors.
LUBBOCK LION'S CLUB AWARDS
GRANT TO SPWRC
A Lubbock Lions Club grant in the amount of $2,192.00 was awarded for the purchase
two metal picnic tables to be used for hosting educational programs, birthday
parties, and our semi-annual Open House. With these additional picnic tables, we will be able to accommodate more
guests for our environmental education programs and events teaching about our
native wildlife as part of our natural resources. Educating our citizens about wildlife gives
them a greater appreciation for what nature has to offer, providing enrichment,
enjoyment, and respect for the environment.
We admit approximately 3,100 orphaned, injured, and displaced native wildlife, and present over 100 environmental programs each year. With support from organizations like the Lubbock Lions Club, it is easier for us to fulfill our Mission of returning wildlife back to their native habitats and providing environmental education.
The Lubbock Lions Club is the largest Lions Club in North America. Since its inception in 1929, members of the Lubbock Lions Club have been guided by the motto “We Serve.” Through volunteerism and fundraising, members support local and global causes to better the lives of people everywhere. All the Club’s administrative costs are paid by Club members allowing the Lions Club to send 100% of its fundraising proceeds to nonprofits we need the most. To date the Club has donated $1,600,000 to charities. Visit http://www.lubbocklions.org/what-we-do-php for funding requirements or call Lubbock Lions Club office at 806-763-4789.
"Saving one animal may not save the world, but it will surely change the world for one animal"….
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3308 95th Street Lubbock TX 79423
SPWRC is on Indiana Avenue at 95th Street behind the 80' wall with
a wildlife mural
Wildlife Drop-Off building in our driveway open 24 hours a day
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: