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Help with the Native Plant Garden

Here at WBR we are reminded daily that many birds are predominantly insectivores. Moreover, almost all babies need caterpillars and bugs (to use a non-scientific word) for necessary protein. With this in mind, we are happy to have our own native plant garden on our site because native plants host more desirable insects and pollinators than non-natives.

An example is boxwoods, a popular shrub which supports only one type of insect while most native shrubs support a large number of native insects. Non-native marigolds support three insect species while native asters support 105 species. Violets are often pulled out or sprayed by gardeners; however, they support 27 species of native butterfly and moth populations.

Just as baby birds need care, so does our wonderful garden asset. You or someone you know can help us by volunteering with our gardener, Becky, who will welcome gardening help (on-the-job training!) on the 4th Saturday of the month (in May it is the 28th) from 2-4. Please contact her at (314) 968-9725 to coordinate or just show up. We are located at 9624 Midland Blvd. in Overland. You will learn about natives and Becky may offer you one of our plants as a thank-you! Lynne Breakstone

Our Native Plant Garden

Here at WBR we are reminded daily that many birds are predominantly insectivores. Moreover, almost all babies need caterpillars and bugs (to use a non-scientific word) for necessary protein. With this in mind, we are happy to have our own native plant garden because native plants host more desirable insects and pollinators than non-natives.

An example is boxwoods, a popular shrub which supports only one type of insect while most native shrubs support a large number of native insects. Non-native marigolds support three insect species while native asters support 105 species. Violets are often pulled out or sprayed by gardeners; however, they support 27 species of native butterfly and moth populations.

Just as baby birds need care, so does our wonderful garden asset. You or someone you know may want to help with the garden by volunteering with our gardener, Becky, who will welcome gardening help (on-the-job training!) on the 4th Saturday of the month (in June it is the 25th, July the 23) from 10am-noon. Please contact her at (314) 968-9725 to coordinate or just show up. We are located at 9624 Midland Blvd. in Overland. You will learn about natives and Becky may offer you one of our plants as a thank-you! Lynne Breakstone

Join the Trivia Night Committee

As a volunteer, you already know how much goes into caring for and releasing wild songbirds. Our biggest fundraiser of the year is our Trivia Night & Silent Auction. The success of the event is key to having money for bird care, and we need a lot of people to get the job done. 

The fun part of having a lot of work to do is that there are many tasks to choose from. You can volunteer for the ones that you enjoy the most, and contribute as much or little as you have time for. Every bit helps! Some examples of tasks you can help with are:

 

1. Contacting businesses you patronize (your salon, favorite restaurant, etc) to request donated items for our silent auction

2. Promotion, including writing content for Facebook posts and more

3. Event management, like keeping track of who has bought tickets/tables

4. Driving around town to post flyers, deliver raffle tickets, pick up donated items, etc.

5. Writing trivia questions

6. Representing WBR at events and selling raffle tickets

7. Assembling gift baskets in November

8. Last but not least, working at the event, Saturday, Nov. 12 at Kirkwood Community Center

 

If you'd like to help out, please email, call or text Sarah Brewer. Monthly trivia meetings should begin in June. (Attendance isn't mandatory, but it's helpful and we have a good time.) Sarah - of_frost_and_flame@yahoo.com and 314.775.6713

Facebook

I love to post the photographs of WBR patients and events on Facebook to publicize our mission and to increase awareness of the various “hazards” birds face. Any time you “share” posts with your friends it’s definitely appreciated. If you haven’t already – please like the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Facebook page. Thank you for your help! Donna

Volunteer needed

WANTED: a volunteer, familiar with Excel spreadsheets, to finish a project involving "Alpha codes" (http://www.birdpop.org/docs/misc/Alphacodeseng.pdf). The benefit from completing this task is learning which birds can be found in our area. If interested, please call Lynne at 314-726-4772. http://wildbirdrehab.org/v-messageboard

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vacation

Hello all -

I will be out of town the week of May 16th and won't be able to work my regular shift on Thursday mornings (open until around 1:00). Is there someone who can cover for me?

Thanks,

Jean L

Free things available

I am moving and downsizing.

Tuesday April 5 I will put things on the outside cage-washing table. Some of what will be there:

  • Old set of kitchen containers, the kind for storing beans, popcorn, etc.
  • Stand-up dustpan
  • For grilling: cedar boards, fish-shaped grill holder
  • Individually wrapped hand wipes, etc.

Lynne B

P.S. Call if you want to know what else we may be giving away: 314-224-9664
 


The Purple Martin restaurant & bar is hosting a Dine Out for Birds fundraiser for us from 6-9pm on Thursday, April 21. There is no cost to enter and no ticket to buy; just come and have dinner. A portion of proceeds on food sales will benefit WBR. The Purple Martin also will collect donations for bird care & cleaning supplies. Please help us get the word out. Learn more at www.wildbirdrehab.org/events. You'll find a link posted to a Facebook event you can share with friends and family. The Purple Martin is located at 2800 Shenandoah Ave, St Louis, in the Fox Park neighborhood.

Thanks!