South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

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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!

Coming this Friday:

SPWRC teamed up with Jason's Deli for a fundraising event Friday, April 21st, between 5 and 9 PM.  Guests MUST mention our name as they pay for their meal.

You can commit at

They will send you an e-mail reminder when you sign up. Please join us there for a good cause, as "baby season" is just around the corner!

     I feed songbirds year-round. Even though insects and other foods are much more plentiful during our warm months, many birds will benefit from the extra handouts as they gather food for their fast-growing youngsters.

     Be sure you hang feeders near dense shrubs or trees if possible, where birds can easily escape if a feral cat or hawk happens by in search of a meal.

   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 “©,” 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.”

      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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