|Rehabilitation facility; Courtesy of James Larson|
"At their January 12th meeting, members of Wings Rescue Center got a preview of what the rehabilitation center will look like. In November the group purchased an acre of land at 3rd and Kossuth Streets. Volunteers have been clearing that land and working with local Master Naturalists to save as many trees as possible while providing room for a rehabilitation center.
The building has been donated and will be moved to the site as quickly as possible. A porch will be added with a ramp to facilitate loading and unloading cages. Additionally an ADA-compliant bathroom/storage facility with a shower/cleaning station will be built adjacent to the building. A large flight cage for helping rehabbed birds regain wing strength will be close by. Many local service companies are donating plumbing, electrical work, architectural services, and more. Wings president, Kay Adams, expects the building to be fully functioning by April 2017.
Having a functioning facility is a prerequisite to getting licensed to handle wild birds. Once the facility is finished, volunteers will be licensed by the state and federal government to provide rehabilitation services on-site. Currently Wings partners with Texas Sealife Center on Padre Island and rescued birds are transported there. Wings is the only bird rescue and rehabilitation center in Aransas County. Local volunteers established the 501 (c) 3 organization in April 2016 after learning that the ARK in Port Aransas would no longer take birds from out of their area. To date the volunteer-staffed, donation-funded group has rescued over 250 birds. Many are able to be released back the area after rehabilitation." - Jeanette Larson
|Clearing the site; Photo courtesy of WRC|
|Interior of center; courtesy James Larson|
|Flight cage; courtesy James 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.