Roving Reporter | "Council Asked to Help Rescuers" | Article and 4 Photos by Jeanette Larson

"At the August 23, 2016 workshop session of the Rockport City Council, members of Wings Rescue Center asked for support in rescuing birds in Rockport.

According to President, Kay Adams, of the 197 birds rescued since March 2016, 63 were from within the Rockport city limits. 47 birds came from the Aransas County Navigation District, 39 from Aransas County, 2 from Fulton, and 39 birds were from unknown locations or rescuers were uncertain of the exact location. Volunteers document where each bird is found, what species, and, if possible, the nature of the injury or problem. Wings Rescue Center was formed to help Aransas County birds after the ARK in Port Aransas notified the public that they would no longer rescue birds outside of Mustang Island and Port Aransas.

Although no action can be taken at a workshop meeting, Mayor Wax noted that Rockport is "very supportive of the birds in our community." ACND Commissioner Malcolm Dieckow mentioned that nothing ruins a tourist's visit to the beach or a park more than seeing an injured bird and not having anyone help." He also noted that when the city purchased the Bent Oaks Property on Fulton Beach Road, they also "bought the birds." Many rescues occur there during nesting season as babies fall out of nests. For several reasons the babies can not be returned to the nests and are rescued and raised by Wings volunteers until they can be released. The Aransas County Navigation District is supporting the rescue of birds picked up on their property through a contract that reimburses Wings Rescue Center for each bird. Adams requested a similar contract be provided by the city." - Jeanette Larson

Jeanette Larson 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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