2013 Holiday Greeting Cards
For each donation of $10 or more to help injured and orphaned wild birds, we will send a beautiful full-color holiday card to someone on your list. Each card features a photo of an actual Alabama Wildlife Center patient, along with a story about its care.
On the order form, please indicate how many of each design you wish to order and the gift amount ($10, $15 or $20) for each. Along with the order form, please include a list of your recipients' names and addresses. If ordering more than one design, be sure to indicate your design choice for each person on your list.
Allow two weeks for delivery. Shipping is domestic only via USPS first-class mail. All shortages and damages must be reported within 30 days. All orders must be received by December 18 to assure delivery before Christmas.
The six cards feature the birds and their stories below:
#1 "Natchez," Mississippi Kite
“Natchez” the Mississippi Kite celebrates 10 years as an ambassador for the Alabama Wildlife Center in 2013. Natchez came to AWC as a patient in August of 2003. He was found in a Montgomery backyard, and arrived at AWC very weak and unable to stand. AWC staff and volunteers immediately began intensive therapy administering fluids, providing proper diet, and giving him a supportive nest. With the loving care of trained staff and volunteers Natchez made a strong recovery, but permanent bone damage and improper feather development prevented his release into the wild.
Natchez makes frequent appearances in educational programs at AWC and around the community, serving as a wonderful ambassador for wildlife rehabilitation and education.
Photo by Liz Masoner
#2 Juvenile Worm-eating Warbler
This Worm-eating Warbler was found as a fledgling on a trail at Oak Mountain State Park in June. Alabama Wildlife Center rehabilitators were unable to reunite the small songbird with his parents so he was cared for in our baby bird nursery. With proper care from trained AWC staff and volunteers, he grew quickly and soon graduated to the songbird aviaries. After a short stay to gain more strength and improve flight, he was released back into the Oak Mountain forest in August.
True to its name, this species is very fond of “wormy” food, primarily in the form of caterpillars. Worm-eating Warblers are one of many Neotropical migrant songbirds that breed in Alabama and overwinter in the tropics of Central and South America. These bird species represent a real physical connection between ecosystems in Alabama and tropical rainforests thousands of miles away. This successful rehabilitation represents just one example of the impact of AWC's work reaching far beyond the borders of our state.
Photo by AWC Staff
#3 Cedar Waxwing
This Cedar Waxwing was the sole survivor of a flock that was accidentally run over by an automobile. The finder, who witnessed the accident and brought the birds to the Alabama Wildlife Center, did all she could to save as many birds as possible, but only this one survived. He arrived at AWC in November. Our trained staff and volunteers administered medical care and proper nutrition, and provided an enclosure with appropriate perching and support. He quickly recovered from his injuries and was released at Oak Mountain State Park to join another flock of wild Waxwings in December.
Cedar Waxwings are a familiar winter visitor to central Alabama. They are fond of berries and can often be seen in flocks cleaning a tree of all of its winter fruits. Waxwings often take up residence in developed areas which increases their chances of falling victim to hazards such as automobile or window collisions. Each year AWC rescues and rehabilitates many of these beautiful and welcome reminders of the changing of the seasons.
Photo by Liz Masoner
These young Eastern Screech Owls came to the Alabama Wildlife Center in August without clear histories. Unfortunately, they may have been removed from their nest by someone attempting to make them into pets. For this reason, these otherwise healthy owlets were unable to be reunited with their families. Wild birds do not make good pets and all owls are protected by law, making it illegal to harm them, disturb their nest, or own them. The trained staff and volunteers of AWC were able to provide proper care and nutrition for these orphaned youngsters. They grew quickly, and developed into beautiful, healthy adults. These owls were released in early November in Shelby County not far from Oak Mountain. Screech Owls are effective predators of many small animals including rodents. They have far more value as wild members of Alabama’s ecosystem than they ever could in captivity, and AWC staff and volunteers were delighted to see them return to the wild where they belong.
Photo by Mary Stockard
#5 Barred Owl Release
This adult Barred Owl was found on the road near Ashville after being struck by an automobile. She arrived at the Alabama Wildlife Center suffering from head trauma and severe injuries to both eyes. Our outstanding staff and volunteers went right to work, administering the needed medical treatment. AWC continued to provide nurturing care as she went through an extended treatment and recovery process. Eventually, she made a complete recovery and was able to be released back into the wild near the location where she had been found.
Barred Owls are a common owl found in Alabama, and many are familiar with their distinctive “hoo hoo, hoo hooooo” call. They are beautiful large raptors who play an important role in our ecosystem, and every year the Alabama Wildlife Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Barred Owls.
Photo by Liz Masoner
#6 Common Nighthawk
This Nighthawk was picked up as a fledgling from an environment that was all too close to human activity. Nighthawks often lay their eggs on urban gravel rooftops which can be hazardous habitats for young birds. As nocturnal insectivores, Nighthawks are a challenge for wildlife rehabilitators, but the well-trained staff and volunteers of the Alabama Wildlife Center have a lot of experience working with these birds. With intensive care and proper nutrition, this little fellow grew and developed quickly. He was cohabitated at AWC with two adults that were transferred by our partners in conservation from the Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn. It is difficult to assess their flight capability prior to release because Nighthawks require large open spaces to really stretch their wings. AWC staff and volunteers were anxious to see what this bird would do upon release at Saginaw Swamp in Shelby County. The two adults were released first and they flew well, as expected, but no one expected the show put on by this bird. He flew higher than any other Nighthawk our staff and volunteers had ever witnessed upon release, several hundred feet in the air, then made several sweeping circles and flew off into the sunset. It was a sight to behold and brought tears to the eyes of several onlookers.
Photo by AWC Staff