The Issue: Drought Forces Birds into Dangerous Territory
Due to the recent drought, the Statesman reports, Texas wildlife populations are forced to travel farther from their natural habitats in search of food and water. For birds, the drying of the habitat means fewer seeds, grains, and insects to eat and less water to drink. By relying on backyard feeders and venturing into urban green zones and road rights of way, they risk contact with humans, leading many to sustain injuries.
The Campaign: Rehabilitate Sick and Injured Birds
If this Grassroots campaign raises $420, then TWRC Wildlife Center can supply food and shelter to rehabilitate six baby birds as part of its volunteer-powered Baby Bird Program. Each additional $70 raised will fund food and shelter for another baby bird from its intake to its release. 10% of campaign donations will be matched by Wild Birds Unlimited. When people discover sick or injured birds, they can bring them into the center, where veterinarians immediately treat them and escort them to the bird room. There, older patients can stay with birds of a similar species or with a similar diet while younger birds rest in the incubator. Volunteer staff members feed the birds once or twice an hour, and after an average of one month, most are strong enough to return to the wild. TWRC rehabilitates and releases approximately 3,000 birds every year.
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10% of campaign donations will be matched by Wild Birds Unlimited
TWRC Wildlife Center
Following an oil spill in 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center established itself as an emergency room and rehabilitation facility where people could take sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Animals remain at the center and undergo medical care and regular feeding until they are strong enough to reenter the wild. The center also receives questions about wildlife issues and maintains a focus on public awareness through a variety of educational programs on urban ecosystems and conservation issues. TWRC only uses certified rehabilitators and veterinarians to handle the animals, and conducts its own two-day skills seminar to train rehabilitators every year.