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 2, 2011

March 2, 2011 Special Addition

Lila couldn’t wait to get this information out to all my fans so she had to startle me from my perch to start blogging again today. About Mid December, the game warden spotted a Whooping Crane North of Electra in a flock of 5,000 Sandhill Cranes. The game warden called Bob with the location. Lila decided to call Tom Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After several conformations that it was indeed a Whooping Crane, the flock of Sandhill Cranes was closely monitored throughout the winter. Here is the email Lila received this morning from Tom.

“If you look at the dates and locations of single white-plumaged Whooping Cranes confirmed in North Texas this winter, it seems logical to me that there has been a single whooping crane moving from Electra to Anson to Pampa from December 30, 2010 through March 1, 2011. It may have never made it to Aransas, instead wintering with Sandhill Cranes.”

Number Date Nearest Town Location

1 white-plumaged crane 12/30 through 1/2/11 Electra, Texas WNW of Wichita Falls

1 white-plumaged crane 2/7/11 through 2/13/11 Anson, Texas NNW of Abilene

1 white-plumaged crane 2/28/11 through 3/1/11 Pampa, Texas NE of Amarillo

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