2015 Holiday Greeting Cards

Order holiday greeting cards for your loved ones and support AWC

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. Your gift helps wild birds in need: $10 helps care for 1 bird a week; $20 helps care for 2 birds a week; $30 helps care for 3 birds a week.

On the order form, please indicate how many of each design you wish to order and the gift amount ($10, $20 or $30) 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.

You can email your completed order form and list of recipients to wildlife@awrc.org or you can click here to print an order form to mail or fax. Faxes should be sent to 205-682-6867. Our mailing address is 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham, AL 35124. Please make checks payable to Alabama Wildlife Center.

Please 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 17 to assure delivery before Christmas.

The six cards feature the birds and their stories below:


#1 Barred Owl
Strix varia
This beautiful Barred Owl came to the Alabama Wildlife Center after being dislodged from his nest in a violent storm.  He sustained a bad concussion from his fall, but recovered quickly with medical care provided by AWC’s dedicated volunteers and staff.  Once healthy, this little one joined a new family of orphaned Barred Owls also under the care of AWC.  After months of love and care, the Alabama Wildlife Center said farewell to this little owl and his newfound family, as they joined their wild brothers and sisters in the Alabama skies.
Barred Owls are one of the most common species of owls found in the southeastern United States.  They are named for the vertical barring that appears on their chests, and though not often seen, they make their presence known by their characteristic call: “Who cooks for you?  Who cooks for you all?”  With their deep brown eyes, and teddy bear-like appearance, these little owls are always a delight to spot in the Alabama forest.
Photo by Mary Stockard


Wood Duck

#2 Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
This breathtaking Red-tailed Hawk was admitted to the Alabama Wildlife Center after being struck by a car.  She was badly concussed on arrival, barely able to stand.  After much-needed medical care, fluids, and food she regained her strength, but not the vision in her right eye.  Because she is unable to hunt in the wild with her limited vision, she has become the Alabama Wildlife Center’s newest "education ambassador".  In her new role, she will educate and inspire more than 30,000 Alabamians reached by AWC’s educational programming each year.
The Red-tailed Hawk is the largest hawk in Alabama.  Even soaring over a mile high in the sky, they are easily recognized by their rusty red tail feathers.  These powerful animals are one of the state’s top predators, and this beautiful girl will bring smiles to the faces of Alabamians for years to come, as she introduces both young and old to this amazing avian species.
Photo by Mary Stockard


Great Horned Owl

#3 Northern Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis
This striking albino Northern Cardinal was admitted to the Alabama Wildlife Center after being found in a yard as a young fledgling.  Though he was uninjured, it was clear that his bright white appearance would make him easy prey in the wild.  Under the nurturing care of AWC’s volunteers and staff, this unique bird grew into a strong and impressive adult.  Though he is unable to survive in the wild, this beautiful Cardinal will live a full life as an avian ambassador at an educational facility in Virginia.
The Northern Cardinal is one of the most easily recognizable of the songbirds.  The male’s bright red plumage and prominent crest make it easy to spot in Alabama's backyards.  Their sweet song is one of the first calls heard on warm Summer mornings, and mated pairs often develop unique songs that they only sing to one another.  Though they are a common patient at the Alabama Wildlife Center, their grace and style never cease to amaze.
Photo by Mary Stockard


Bald Eagle
#4 Mallard Ducklings
Anas platyrhynchos
These precious Mallard ducklings were brought to the Alabama Wildlife Center as hatchlings after becoming separated from their parents.  Though they were cold and weak upon arrival, AWC volunteers and staff quickly set to work, reviving these little ones with food, fluids, and warmth.  They are recovering very well, and now enjoy splashing around in the AWC pool and snuggling together in soft fleece blankets.  Once they reach maturity, these little balls of fluff will be released back into the wild.
Mallards are one of the most common ducks found in Alabama’s waterways and wetlands.  The males are easily recognized by their iridescent green heads, while the females have more subdued coloration.  Preferring to dabble on aquatic vegetation just below the surface of the water, these social waterfowl provide endless amusement as they graze along the edges of streams, lakes, and ponds, often in large flocks.
Photo by Lauren Muncher


Great Horned Owl

#5 Carolina Chickadees
Poecile carolinensis
These Carolina Chickadees arrived at the Alabama Wildlife Center as young orphans.  Although they were barely larger than a quarter when admitted to AWC, these little dynamos had a fighting spirit, and grew strong under the watchful eyes of nurturing volunteers and staff.  After reaching adulthood and stretching their wings in the Alabama Wildlife Center’s aviaries, these siblings found a new home in the wilds of Oak Mountain State Park.
Though small, Carolina Chickadees are known for their tenacious spirit, as well as their inquisitive nature.  Males and females are characterized by their black caps and throats and are a favorite visitor in Alabama backyards.  They are widespread throughout the Southeast, and always a beautiful and welcome guest at the bird feeders at the Alabama Wildlife Center.
Photo by Mary Stockard

Great Horned Owl

#6 Eastern Phoebe
Sayornis phoebe
This Eastern Phoebe was brought to the Alabama Wildlife Center with her siblings after her nest tree was cut down.  While in AWC’s baby bird nursery, this spunky little bird enjoyed snuggling with her brothers and sisters in a green strawberry basket.  Once outside in the aviaries, she proved to be quite the hunter, snatching whole bugs directly from the air!  Once she reached maturity, this agile insectivore was released with her family back into the wild.
Usually heard before being seen, the Eastern Phoebe announces its presence with a call that sounds just like its own name, “fee-bee”, "fee-bee"!  Found in open, grassy areas, they offer amazing natural pest control for Alabama residents, capturing a variety of insect prey in flight.  These graceful and acrobatic hunters are a common fixture at the Alabama Wildlife Center during the summer months and provide endless hours of entertainment for volunteers and staff.
Photo by Mary Stockard


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