Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Harvey Couldn't Stop Us!

Hurricane Harvey hit Wings Rescue Center on August 25, 2017, along with the rest of Rockport and the Coastal Bend. Most of the birds in the hospital were evacuated and all were fine. Fortunately our damage was not severe although we had to make a lot of repairs and clean up a lot of debris from the trees. The big flight cage was erected and the small cage was repaired. Volunteers helped clean up and replant so that now the center is beautifully landscaped.

We are not quite back up and running as many of our volunteers are still elsewhere or working on repairing their homes. A few, like our onsite caretaker,  have moved. Housing in the area is severely limited. However we are still rescuing! To date we have rescued over 300 birds in 2017.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Kay Adams at 512-784-8223. We have a lot of debris to be cleaned off the back half of the property before we can develop it to use. Harvey meant that we lost several fundraising opportunities, including the HummerBird Celebration. We have been selling items and collecting donations at events like Sea Fair and Market Days and will be at Tropical Christmas on December 2. Donations are needed to get the center fully operational again and continue our work. Please help if you can.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

We are Certified!

Wings Rescue Center is now fully certified and permitted by both the state and federal governments and we are open for business. The "bird hospital" is open and functioning with several patients in residence. We have an onsite caretaker who is working with our volunteers to tend to the birds every day.

We are grateful to Amanda Terry and Dr. Tim Tristan with Texas Sealife Center for their support and assistance. By allowing us to operate under their permits, we were able to begin rescuing immediately in April 2016. This helped us to raise the funds needed to buy land and build our center. We could not have done it without them and will continue to work with them. Few rehabilitation centers get up and running in 18 months and we know we are fortunate to have had so much help.

"Hope" is WRC's first
official patient,
a juvenile tri-color heron
Wings received help from many community businesses and volunteers, including Little Bay Plumbing, Tommy Moore and Whooping Crane Tours, Al Johnson Construction, J’s Coastal Services LLC, B&R Electric, Jose Cruz, Sue Bonnar, and Aransas County. Help included in-kind donations of materials, as well as reduced cost or volunteer labor.
A very hungry baby mockingbird

We also appreciate the many organizations and people who have
provided funds. Thanks to Castaways, the Trull Foundation, and Aransas County Navigational District, among others for grants, contracts, and gifts.

We also appreciate our business members, Little Bay Plumbing, AireServ of the Coastal Bend, Brown Water Marine Services, and New Sound Hearing Center (Rockport).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Common Birds of the Rockport-Fulton Area

Buy a copy of Common Birds of the Rockport-Fulton Area. This booklet was created by local kid birders with their own illustrations. Bird photographers added photographs.  The booklet includes a checklist of local birds along with the biology of the bird and one or more illustrations. Half of the proceeds from sales benefit the ACISD Birding Team and will support field trips and supplies. Half will benefit Wings Rescue Center and the rehabilitation of local birds.

The books are available at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor or by mail order. Cost is $10 per copy plus tax and $3.00 shipping. (One copy would total $13.00) For multiple copies at reduced shipping cost or for other local pick up options, please email rfwingsrescue@yahoo.com.

To purchase a copy click on the Buy Now button. You do not need a Pay Pal account to pay via Pay Pal. Select "new to Pay Pal" to proceed without an account.

Read the article from March 28, 2017 Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bird Identification and Bird Habitat Class and Field Trip

Gene Blacklock will teach a class for Wings Rescue Center on "Bird Identification and Bird Habitat." As a member of Wings Rescue Center you may attend this class for $5.00. If you are not a member, join at the $20 level or higher and indicate that you want to take the class. It will be included at no additional charge. The form is online at https://www.scribd.com/document/337474009/Wings-Membership-Form.

To attend either mail a check to Wings, P.O. Box 1912, Rockport TX 78381 or pay through Pay Pal (rfwingsrescue@yahoo.com). Mr. Blacklock's classes normally cost $45 and up but he is doing this class as a special perk for Wings members. Space is limited so register quickly. The class will be held at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. 

Saturday, April 22 Class
  9:00 AM - 12:00
  1:30  PM -   4:30 

Sunday, April 23, FIELD TRIP
 6:45 AM till NOON
 Meet at Rockport Cinema and carpool. Sites TBA. 

Mr. Blacklock worked as a biologist with colonial waterbirds along the Texas Central Coast with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, became senior partner of a private environmental consulting firm, and was Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program project manager from 2000-2010. Currently, Blacklock teaches an array of birding courses for beginner and advanced birdwatchers through the University’s Office of Community Outreach. He has also taught at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Welder Wildlife Foundation, South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and the Aransas County Bird and Nature Club.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

WRC Hosts Bird Rehabilitation Class

On February 18 and 19, 2017, a group of eager students gathered at the Rockport Aquarium to learn the basics of bird rehabilitation. The class, taught by staff from IWBC, is usually only taught in Houston when it is taught in Texas. It was quite a coup, and took a lot of begging, to have the class in Rockport and some students came from the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, and Georgetown.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Give our birds a helping hand!

Join Wings Rescue Center today.....

Wings Rescue Center (WRC) is the only organization in Aransas County caring for wild birds. WRC receives no government funding and is volunteer-run. We rely on donations, grants, and contracts to operate. WRC is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax-deductible. Membership is for the calendar year; memberships paid after October 31 will be counted for the following year.

Members receive discounted rates for classes and special events. Members are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings. Join our Facebook group to keep up with our work.

Your membership shows funders and grantors that you support WRC and helps with:

• Bird rescue response
• Raising orphaned baby birds
• Rehabilitation and release
• Food and supplies
• Veterinary costs and medicines
• Educational programs
• Outreach and more

Checks (made out to Wings Rescue Center) may be mailed to P.O. Box 1912, Rockport TX 78381 or join online by clicking on the Scribd link below. Your membership is tax-deductible.

To join by mail, please download a copy of the membership form. If you prefer to pay online, use the button and drop down box below. Please provide your email, and phone  in the boxes provided.

Select Member Category

Click here to download and print a paper copy of the membership form.