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.

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 22, 2010

The Mississippi Kite is a species of conservation concern. Historically, populations have declined in the southeast due to persecution by humans who consider birds like me a nuisance. I am a very misunderstood bird. That’s why I enjoy visiting classrooms and appearing on TV or in the newspaper. My duty is to help create future generations of wise stewards of this Earth. If humans would just stop and listen, then my role as an education bird will not have been in vain. Currently in Argentina, my wintering grounds are slowly but surely vanishing due to logging. Someday I hope a small child will grow up and stop the destruction of my habitat in South America. Happy Earth Day!

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