2017 Holiday Greeting Cards

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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.

The five cards for 2017 featured the birds and their stories below:


Pileated Woodpeckers

#1 Pileated Woodpeckers
(Hylatomus pileatus)
These young Pileated Woodpeckers came to the Alabama Wildlife Center from separate nests after being dislodged in spring storms. Under the care of AWC’s dedicated volunteers and staff, this adopted family grew and flourished, their playful nature delighting countless visitors as they flew, hopped, and called in the aviary. After several months of care, these beautiful young birds were released back into the wild in Oak Mountain State Park.
Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest species of woodpecker that can be seen in Alabama. They can be found throughout the state, preferring to nest in hardwood forests. Their nest trees can also provide important habitat for a variety of other species including swifts, owls, ducks, and bats.
Photo by Mary Stockard



Ruby-throated Hummingbird

#2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
(Archilochus colubris)
This beautiful juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird was brought to AWC after falling from his nest.  Because this handsome little one was unable to be reunited with his family, he was raised at the Alabama Wildlife Center.  With proper nutrients and room to stretch his wings, the little hummingbird gained strength and agility, buzzing for hours in AWC’s aviary.  Once he reached adulthood, he was released into the wild just in time for migration.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only breeding hummingbird species in eastern North America.  They feed predominantly on orange and red flowers, but have adapted well to enjoying the occasional drink from a manmade feeder.  They are easily identified by their iridescent colors and characteristic hovering flight, with wingbeats of roughly 53 times per second.
Photo by Mary Stockard


Baby Mourning Dove

#3 Baby Mourning Dove
(Zenaida macroura)
This baby Mourning Dove was admitted to AWC after her mother was killed by a feral cat.  With no parent to raise her, she found new caregivers at the Alabama Wildlife Center.  Volunteers and staff worked tirelessly to provide essential nutrients for this little one, and with expert care and patience, she was able to be released into the wild!
The Mourning Dove is the most abundant species of bird in North America.  They are often a welcomed, if not clumsy, visitor to Alabama feeders, spending their days feeding on dropped seeds from the ground.  With their lamenting “coo”, this species’ call is easily recognizable as a haunting song of Alabama forests.   
Photo by Jeremy Black


Indigo Bunting
#4 Indigo Bunting
(Passerina cyanea)
This breathtaking Indigo Bunting was brought to the Alabama Wildlife Center after striking a window.  After some much-needed care to treat his concussion, he was soon taking flight in one of AWC’s aviaries.  Once he had healed completely from his injuries, he was released into the Alabama skies just in time for migration!
While female Indigo Buntings are nondescript, the males of the species are true showmen.  They are easily recognizable by their vibrant blue coloration, and have been described as “a scrap of sky with wings”.  They sing with cheerful gusto, and are always a welcome guest at any Alabama feeder!
Photo by Mary Stockard


American Kestrel

#5 American Kestrel
(Falco sparverius)
Legacy the American Kestrel was admitted to AWC in 2007 after his feet became entangled in fishing line as a baby in the nest.  Though the loss of dexterity in his toes rendered him nonreleasable, Legacy has become a vital member of the Alabama Wildlife Center’s education team.  Through his work as an avian ambassador, Legacy has educated thousands of Alabamians about the importance of his species, as well as the work being done at AWC!
American Kestrels are the smallest species of falcon found in North America.  They make up for their size, however, with a fierce predatory nature, hunting insects, bats, and songbirds.  These pint-sized predators can often be found near open spaces, perched on power lines and fence posts scanning for prey in Alabama fields.
Photo by Mary Stockard