Roving Reporter | "Training for the Birds" | Text and 3 Photos by Jeanette Larson

"A group of seven volunteers from Wings Rescue Center traveled to Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi on Saturday, June 4 to gets hands-on training for working with rescued birds. The group learned various ways to feed baby birds, how to handle babies, techniques for catching larger shorebirds like egrets and pelicans, and some tips on handling them to avoid injury to the volunteer or the bird.

Volunteers watched as Dr. Tim Tristan, Sealife's veterinarian, helped a young caracara that had mouth issues and then Amanda Terry, Director of Rehabilitation, showed the group how to feed the feisty bird of prey.

Everyone enjoyed seeing that the four baby woodpeckers from Rockport were thriving and eating--a lot. Right after the visit the babies moved to a small flight cage in preparation for fledging and eventual release. More volunteers are always needed by Wings Rescue Center to help raise babies and transport injured animals for care."- Jeanette Larson

Jeanette is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.

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