The Wildlife Center of Texas would like to thank all those in the community who used their Kroger card and the neighbor-to-neighbor program to support the Wildlife Center of Texas during the past year. WCT also thanks Kroger for sponsoring the program. This wonderful sharing program provided the Wildlife Center of Texas with $3, 972.67 for 2012. The funds helped purchase foods and medications to feed the 9, 000 injured, ill and orphaned wildlife patients. Our patients include waterbirds, songbirds, birds of prey, mammals, reptiles and many others. Please remind family, friends and co-workers that this is an easy way for the community to help The Wildlife Center of Texas with their mission to give all these animals a place to heal, a place to grow and a place to be wild. Click here to print out the Wildlife Center of Texas bar-code that you can then take to Kroger and link to your Kroger card.
Squirrels in the Houston area have two nesting seasons; a spring season and a fall season. The fall nesting season has officially begun. The Houston area has three different species of squirrels; the eastern fox squirrel, eastern gray squirrel and the southern flying squirrel. The Wildlife Center of Texas staff and volunteer have plenty of experience caring for squirrels. Many WCT volunteers acquired their first experience after Hurricane Ike when the Wildlife Center took in over 1200 injured and orphaned baby squirrels. If you find an orphaned baby squirrel please check to see if a mother is around and she might take it back up the tree. If not pick the baby up and put it in a box with soft rags. Keep it as warm as possible and do not give it any liquids. You can then take it to the Wildlife Center of Texas which is open 7 days a week to care for these little ones. Please enjoy the pictures of WCT squirrels as you are shown the care of these little ones from infant to release.
Many different species of raptors (birds of prey) are being cared for at The Wildlife Center of Texas this month. There are still babies in the raptor nursery and teenagers in the fledgling cages. There are a multitude of injuries including gunshot wounds, hit by cars, head traumas and emaciation. Illnesses include viruses, protozoans and other parasites (external and internal). Diurnal (active during the day) birds of prey that are at WCT include Mississippi kites, broad-winged hawks, red-shoulder hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagle, and cooper’s hawks. The nocturnal (active at night) birds of prey include screech owls, barred owls, great-horned owls and barn owls. Sign up for e-blasts to participate in a bird of prey release by submitting your email address on our homepage. You can also help these magnificent creatures by donating for their care. Each year The Wildlife Center of Texas receives over 400 birds of prey. Food, medications, and caging that meets federal standards are very expensive, with no city, state or federal funds The Wildlife Center of Texas relies on your support to give these patients a place to grow, a place to heal and a place to be wild. Please enjoy pictures of our birds of prey in care. Click here to support the Wildlife Center of Texas
A family was spending the weekend in Galveston when they discovered an injured brown pelican. They called to report the pelican but were not able to catch it. Diane, a Wildlife Center of Texas volunteer, was able to rearrange her schedule and rushed to the scene on the far west end of Galveston. She and her husband were able to capture the pelican and prepared it for travel. The family who reported the bird was heading back to Houston and agreed to bring the bird up the freeway where another WCT volunteer met them. The pelican was then transported to the Wildlife Center of Texas where it was found to be emaciated and full of parasites. It is now being treated along with several other pelicans. Thanks to all these people, this pelican was rescued, will be rehabilitated by caring volunteers and staff and then released back to the wild. With the 2012 Olympics in full swing we feel they all made a great team...they get the GOLD! If you too would like to be a part of this fantastic team to help injured, ill and orphaned wildlife please donate toward the care of all of our patients.
A group of knitters have put some of their scrap yarns to good use. They have made “nests” for the little orphaned and injured creatures that the Wildlife Center of Texas receives. They are weaved tight to prevent legs getting stuck, are in a bowl shape, and are made in various sizes. The group is called the Wednesday Knit ‘n Stitch Group and meet at Park Avenue Yarns in League City. The Wildlife Center of Texas thanks these wonderful ladies for spending hours making colorful and cozy nests for our littlest patients. Click here to learn what you can do to help our wildlife friends.