Roving Reporter | "Fish Needed: Help Local Pelicans!" by Jeanette Larson

Pelicans need fish! (Photo by Kay Adams)


Wings Rescue Center has an almost constant need for fish to feed pelicans in their care but it is currently a critical need. Four pelicans are in the rehabilitation center and they eat a lot of fish! Preferred are mullet and shad but others can be used, although the pelicans have been refusing ribbonfish. The best sizes are 6"-8" but larger fish can be cut. Fresh or frozen can be used but no smoked or processed fish, please.

Once the birds have completed their rehabilitation and can feed themselves, they are released back into the community. Cappy, a pelican rescued on August 10, 2018 with a ripped pouch was released on October 29 and is now flying happily around Rockport's waters.

Cappy flies over Copano Bay after two months at Wings Rescue Center
(Photo by Kay Adams)

Call Kay at 512-784-8223 to arrange pick up or delivery of fish donations. Wings Rescue Center is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 organization that serves the wild birds in Aransas County and nearby locations. Donations of fish save precious financial resources that are used to pay for veterinary care and other food and medical needs.

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