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.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
July 29, 2010
We have our first chimney swift of the season. These little birds are very unique but sadly on the decline in the US. As usual, loss of habitat is the reason for their decline. Many homeowners with suitable chimneys constructed of clay tiles or masonry have capped the top. Most new chimneys are constructed of metal which is too slick for the swift to cling to or attach a nest. Because chimney swifts are usually solitary nesters each nest site is crucial. Fortunately, many people have caught on to the idea of constructing chimney swift towers. Wild Bird Rescue has such a tower at their facility. One pair of chimney swifts nested there this year.
I have been a volunteer at Wild Bird Rescue (WBR) for 4 years. Currently I serve as the Education Development Coordinator. I have my state, federal, and educational permits. When not at WBR, I am also a dyslexia specialist at Jefferson Elementary School. My goal is to education the public about our avian ambassador, Missi.