Welcome from Missi, Avian Ambassador at Wild Bird Rescue, Inc.

I came to Wild Bird Rescue in the summer of 2009. Some woman found me on the ground and picked me up. Good thing she knew what to do. She took me to Wild Bird Rescue. At the door, a nice lady named Lila, picked me up and took me into a room called the infirmary. After a complete exam, Lila put me in this large box called a carrier. I stayed there for a few weeks while everyone decided what to do with me. Because I had completely lost my left eye, I would not do well if released back into the wild. The Migratory Bird Act of 1918 says I have to be releasable or be euthanized. Lucky for me Wild Bird Rescue decided to keep me around as their first education bird. I like to be called their Avian Ambassador...I think that sounds more important. Don't you? I will be going out to schools in the fall to help with presentations. I wonder if I get to use PowerPoint? I hope you enjoy keeping up with my trials and tribulations while I am learning how to work on the glove.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

Next time you are out at Wild Bird Rescue ask to see the Great Horned Owl. No...it's not alive. A nice young taxidermist, Braden Cecil, took an owl we had to euthanize and prepared it as an educational display. Now when I visit schools, I'll have a stuffed friend traveling with me. Gosh I hope I never get stuffed and put on a log! Next time you are in Henrietta, stop by 111 South Bridge Street and say "Thank You" to Braden.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

I was back at Jefferson Elementary School yesterday. The third grade students listened very well and asked some wonderful questions. Kindergarten was a different story. When I had a small accident on the floor, they all yelled gross!!! However, I know one little girl was listening because she went home and told her parents she saw a big bird at school. "And guess what? Its eye was gone!" That little girl was Madi. Thanks Madi for cutting out my picture. You are so sweet!

Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

Wow...the front page of the Times Record News! Those first graders were so awesome last week. I hope you enjoyed reading the story. Today, I am back at Jefferson Elementary School to visit third grade. I wanted to tell you about another wonderful Jefferson student, Aodhan. He will be celebrating his birthday soon. He has requested donations for me instead of presents this year. What a wonderful young man...way to go Aodhan!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

You should see my aviary...little white down feathers everywhere. You see, I am molting. No! Not melting...molting! Down feathers are small, soft, fluffy, and are found under the contour feathers. They are plumaceous, and have many non-interlocking barbs, lacking the barbules and hooklets seen in contour and flight feathers. This makes it possible for them to trap air in an insulating layer next to my skin, protecting me from heat and cold. These feathers are so efficient, humans use them for insulation, too, in down jackets and comforters. Come and get your downy feathers!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 23, 2010

It's still not too late to get your tickets for the 2010 Wild Bird Rescue Celebrity Roast. This year's honoree is David Farabee. He's a really important man. He even came to visit me at Wild Bird Rescue. Oh...back to the roast...it will be at the MPEC on March 26th at 6:30 p.m. You can get your tickets at Wild Bird Rescue or by calling 691-0828. Please don't ask for me...I'll be on my perch munching on superworms.

Monday, March 22, 2010

March 22, 2010

The students at Jefferson Elementary School were wonderful hosts today. I was so impressed with how well they all behaved...even when I had a little accident on the classroom floor. Luckily Lila asked the students not to laugh or yell if that happened. Of course, I am still a wild bird so it happened. Sorry!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 21, 2010

Tomorrow I’ll be at Jefferson Elementary School to meet a few students. The Times Record News has scheduled a photographer to come out with me. I am trying to raise money for my new mew. Students at Jefferson Elementary will be donating money all week long to help out. My new mew will have a very special name. It will be called the “Brittani Gossett Memorial Aviary” in memory of a young girl who once attended Jefferson Elementary. Brittani loved birds and all other living things dearly. In the future when students visit Wild Bird Rescue, they will have a chance to see me in my special aviary. I know Brittani will be looking down on me with a big smile on her face.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March 19, 2010

Aaaahhhh....I am basking in the glory of my new found fame. My future's so bright I gotta wear shades! Okay...I know that is so 80's. If you didn't see me on TV last night, well you missed a great show. I didn't bate from the glove one time. When I bate from the glove, it means to attempt to fly away. I wanted to make Bob look good so I behaved.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 18, 2010

I make my TV debut tonight on Garden Line with Paul Dowlearn. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. on Time Warner Cable-channel 15. Gosh…I hope I don’t have to sign any autographs. I haven’t even learned how to hold a pen much less spell my name! Oh the price we celebrities pay for our 15 minutes of fame.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010

Dang...flew straight into the wall again today. How embarrassing! I can't wait until I have my new mew. If you haven't heard, I am getting a new home as soon as all the money has been raised. If you would like to contribute to my housing fund just mail your donation to Wild Bird Rescue, 4611 Lake Shore Drive, Wichita Falls, TX 76310. I don't know how much more flying into the walls I can take!

Monday, March 15, 2010

March 15, 2010

I went for a pedicure today. Not exactly what I thought it was going to be! I hope you can get a mental picture of this: Dr. Sultemeier, a vet tech, a dremel, and a screaming Mississippi kite. Not a pretty picture!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

I just don't get it. Lila doesn't trust me with her password. She said something about internet security or stolen identity...I didn't catch it all. Whaaa...Whaaa...Whaaa!!! Since I can't be trusted, I may not be posting as much during spring break. I wish Lila would get a life!!!

March 12, 2010

"Phee, phew” “Phee, phew” Mom and Dad? Is that you calling? Are you back this soon? Wait a minute…is that a blue jay in a tree!!!! Darn…that blue jay can mimic so many different bird calls. Blue jays and mockingbirds are some of the best mimics in the bird world. My kinfolks will be back soon enough. Mississippi Kites arrive back in Wichita Falls around mid April.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010

Ahhhh…I’m yearning for my winter homeland, Argentina, the place where all Mississippi Kites in North American go to spend winter. Soon our winter will be over and kites will be migrating back this way. I can’t wait for my kind to return to North Texas! After all, we Mississippi Kites are very social birds…I need my peeps!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Yesterday you fed me a dead mouse and today I am eating a super-what? SUPERWORM!!!! Mmmm…hmmmm…..cccrrrruunch!!!! Not bad…tastes like chicken. I have to eat 20 of these wiggly things today? So let me get this straight, I eat mice one day and insects the next. How’s a girl going to watch her figure eating all these scrumptious delicacies?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Hello world! I am a little new to this internet stuff. Plus my talons don't always work so well on the keyboard. I don't know about you but I am ready for a little sunshine. I've been sittin' on my perch by the window today just soakin' in the sun like butter on a warm biscuit. Now that's a pretty good analogy from a smart 'ol bird like me.