We have lost a guardian angel with the passing of Trudy Belz.

A few years ago, my family discovered an injured gull in our Galveston backyard. We were given her name as the best (and only!) person for the job. (If you ever have a large injured seabird hobbling and pooping around your yard, you will welcome the relief of safely moving it along.)

She immediately gave us directions to her house, and we were off to Texas City to deliver her a new patient.

Her home was a wonderland full of owls, migratories and seabirds. She let us feed the chirping babies and quickly diagnosed our gull’s wing problem. I asked if we should return to pick up the bird when it was well, but she assured us it would be able to fly home on its own. She insisted we take clippings from her garden, and we left knowing the bird was in good hands.

Just like the many birds she nurtured, the plants she gave us that day continue to flourish. When we see them, we remember her kindness and dedication to protecting our natural world and for making it a better place for us all.

Diane Smith


Editor's note: Trudy Belz died Sunday.


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