This Week at Liberty July 11, 2011

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

So this week is all about All-Stars.  However, the All Stars that I am addressing are from the teams that are the life blood of Liberty Wildlife.

If you have been around Liberty for any length of time you will have figured out that everything is done by teams.  We have the Hotline team, the Rescue/Transport team, the Education team, the Daily Care team, the Orphan Care team, the Owl team, the Social Media team (newly being formed), the Board of Directors and Advisory Board teams, the fundraising team, the Non-eagle Feather Repository team, the Research and Conservation team, the Maintenance team and hopefully I’ve left no team out.  We could take a representative from each group and arrive at an All Star team of our own, but I couldn’t begin to select them.

However, our goal is to save wildlife, to education the public about the beauty and benefits of wildlife, to avert potential dangers and to help the community with wildlife issues.  Our teams don’t necessarily have a “season” and there is a great deal of crossover.  We have the makings of a good team in each department, and when they come together it presents a formidable competitor.  They are flexible, creative, smart, and dedicated.  That is just what you need to have a successful team.

What makes the teams in the Liberty League different is their ability to step out of their position and help other team members when the need arrives.  And recently the need has arisen.  The heat, the storms, the sheer numbers, and the various volunteer vacations have left some of the team members working into the evenings just processing, triaging and treating the numbers of animals that have been brought in.

Two examples come to mind easily.  Recently Tony was called out to do a rescue.  He showed up in the early evening with the animal he rescued and took one look at the busy intensive care room and put his rescue equipment down and changed from his rescue/transport “hat” to his Daily Care “hat” and helped the group finish assessments so that they could leave before 9:00.  Or another example, Andrea, who does Orphan Care, Hotline, and Owl Team, saw that Daily Care needed a hand, so she took on an extra shift and helped out to get past the busy time.

These are just two examples of many where one team member has willingly signed on to help or substitute for another team or team member to get the job done, to get the wildlife cared for, and to attain the goal of nurturing the nature of Arizona.

Go Teams…each of you are All Stars to me.  Can you see your trophies in my heart?  I hope so because you are totally in a league of your own!

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 2355.

Well, we’re at the “all-star break” and things haven’t tapered off any. We don’t get in quite the number of orphan babies now, but the nestlings that bail early and the youthful fledglings who have a hard time in the heat are showing up, just like every year around this time. We did get in a couple of rare visitors, and we demonstrate how to recycle some food this week. Stay cool and read on…

"Take a number..."

Purple Gallinule

Swift youngster

The intakes have been piling up, and on certain days, they are standing in line – so to speak! As in most medical facilities, waiting is part of the game. But all will be evaluated and treated by the Med Services team. Some of the new arrivals are the usual suspects (rth’s, gho’s, doves, etc.) and some are not seen very often, such as this little swift who left the safety of his nest a bit too early, and the purple gallinule who was caught in a drainage tank.

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Fledgling HaHa is checked by Jan and Sharon

A juvenile RTH gets the same treatment

Dr.Wyman removes some canker material

Kestrel gets his eye checked by Dr.Wyman

Dr. Wyman stops by on certain Tuesdays during “Vet night” and lends her expertise to the weekly checks on all patients. From checking the injured eye on a male kestrel to removing some canker material from a young red tail, her skills and training are always welcomed by Jan, Toba, Joanie, and Sharon as they make their rounds. The more hands, the better, especially in the heat!

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Brand new baby HaHa siblings

Another baby Cooper's

Some appropriate food for an orphan

A young great blue heron is given a few fish to eat

"Waiter - there's some soup in my flies!"

As with all new babies (and growing juveniles) good nutrition is vitally important. From the tiny new baby harris’ hawks and rth’s, to the great blue heron, to the doves, mockers, and all the rest of the babies, getting the right food is important.  When the house-flies become thick around the facility (yeah, it happens!) we all go on “swatter duty” and start gathering flies and placing them into small dishes filled with water for use as food for the insect-eaters.  This is re-cycling at it’s best! (The dish above is just about an hour’s worth of ‘hunting!’)

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