Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kid Birders Help Build Bird Houses

Students in Martha McLeod's award-winning birding team at Fulton Learning Center  are decorating bird houses for Wings Rescue Center (WRC). The houses, made from PVC to hold up to Rockport's humidity, are also easy to clean. They are perfect for titmice and other small birds endemic to the Coastal Bend.

The bird houses are a fundraiser to support Wings Rescue Center and will be sold at Sea Fair, October 11-14, 2018. Doug Adams, a volunteer with WRC, made the bird houses for the students to finish. Stop by Sea Fair (we'll be sharing a booth with Sue Bonnar) to purchase one of these fabulous bird houses and many other handcrafted items.

(Photos courtesy of Martha McLeod)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Come See Us at the 30th Annual HummerBird Celebration!

UPDATE: Wings Rescue Center's booth has been moved into the Middle School Mall. Booth 22 A&B. Don't let the weather stop you from coming.

Get ready for the 30th HummerBird Celebration in Rockport, September 13-16, 2018. Wings Rescue Center is a stop of the tour of "hummer homes." This is an opportunity to visit our center and enjoy a lot of hummingbirds. The hospital is not open to the public but you will be able to sit on the porch and enjoy the luscious landscaping that attracts a lot of birds. We have extra hummingbird feeders out! 

We will also have a booth with lots of neat things to sell at the Celebration's Mall. We will be in the outdoor area between the two schools off Enterprise Dr. in Rockport. Proceeds support our work with abandoned and injured birds in the Coastal Bend. Some of the items we are selling include birdhouses, hummingbird feeders, bird strike window decals, and holiday ornaments. 

Lots of free events plus exciting tours and programs for a small fee. All the info you need is online at http://www.rockport-fulton.org/HB

Friday, May 11, 2018

Don't Toss that Fish: Wings Rescue Center Needs Donations

Wings Rescue Center would love to have your unwanted bait fish. Pelicans eat a LOT and we are currently feeding several. We can also use fish that has been frozen but is no longer needed.We have freezers and can freeze extras.

Wings volunteers will be on hand at Babes on the Bay tournament (May 19, 2018) to collect unwanted bait and at other tournaments and events when possible.  If you have bait or frozen fish at other times, call 361-205-0892 to arrange drop off or pick up.

Nigel (left) can never be released but
Princess (right) was released after rehabilitation
and joined her friends to fly north for the summer.

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 our dispatcher at 361-205-0892. 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 from Fulton Learning Center and includes their own illustrations. Local 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 Wind Way Gallery, 203 South Austin St. in downtown Rockport or by mail order. Cost is $10 per copy and $3.00 shipping. (One copy would total $13.00 includes tax) For multiple copies at reduced shipping cost or for other local pick up options, please email rfwingsrescue@yahoo.com. Books will also be available at various festivals around Rockport.

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. (Updated 10/2/18)

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.