This Week at Liberty October 31, 2011

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Here’s an opportunity for you to be the first on your block to order the inaugural Liberty Wildlife Calendar2012, A Year to Soar.  I realize that it might appear premature to start announcing the holiday giving season, but a calendar just cries out to be bought early.  And, this year each of you have a multiple opportunity to give.  If you purchase the 2012 Liberty Wildlife calendar, you are giving to native animals, giving to support Liberty Wildlife’s many programs, and giving to the friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, child’s teacher, postal deliverer, or anyone else that you like to remember at the holidays or before the new year.

The calendar is beyond beautiful, featuring some of the veterans of Liberty Wildlife’s educational ambassadors.  Each “pin-up” page includes important educational information about the featured creature and how it happened to end up at Liberty Wildlife.  You or your “gifted” will be able to spend the entire month learning about eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, and ravens.  You will also learn about the programs provided by Liberty Wildlife, not only for our wildlife and people community statewide, but also for Native Americans across the U.S.

If you are interested in purchasing a calendar for yourself or as gifts for your many friends, now is the time to do it to insure that you have it for the holidays.  Copies at $15.00 each will be available by the second week in November, and that is just around the corner. You can order them online at the Liberty Wildlife store,, pick one up at Liberty Wildlife,  order one from our WingBeats catalogue or e mail with your interest in purchasing one.

Where can you get a more meaningful gift for a stocking stuffer or a stand-alone gift for the holiday of your choice?  It occurs to me that it would make a wonderful host or hostess gift for all of those glorious holiday events.

And, then you would be remembered for the entire year!

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 3170

The very slow intake rate (normal for this time of year) allows for the advancement of other projects that take a backseat to emergent care for most of the year. Although we still take in animals (the new HaHa, osprey, etc.) we can also build enclosures for burrowing owls and repair and rebuild some of the other structures at the facility. It also helps that the temperature is dropping a little as well!


A young HaHa comes in

Denise helps Jan extract a cactus spine

A young female harris’ hawk arrived last week, showing signs of hunger and dehydration as well as some cactus spines in her feet. Otherwise undamaged, she will be watched closely and hopefully be released soon to rejoin her family group.


Another pretty long eared owl is brought in

Another pretty long eared owl was rescued by John Glitsos after he did an education program last week. Most likely the victim of a window collision, he is doing fairly well but is still in a brooder in the ICU as he makes slow progress towards recovery and release.


An unfortunate pet ball python (Photo by Jan Miller)

Liberty doesn’t take in non-native species as a rule, and we never release them into our environment, but when an injured animal is brought to us, they are not turned away. A young ball python was abandoned by his owner in an apartment recently and was found after three weeks had passed. Luckily, these snakes can live for protracted periods without a constant food supply, but he was still very thin and dehydrated. A quick evaluation, some fluids and some food seemed to perk him up and he was quickly transferred to Phoenix Herpetological for further treatment and eventual adoption.


Michaele and Kelsey evaluate the new osprey (photo by Jan Miller)

New osprey gets fluids

Michaele and Kelsey were working the Med Services shift last week when Donna Jabara brought in an osprey she had rescued. Presenting unknown injuries but evidence of a wing problem, the bird was evaluated and given fluids before being assigned cage rest and further observation. An X-ray has been scheduled for later this week.


Brian and Nina build enclosures

In the process of preparing to relocate the juvenile burrowing owls we rescued from the solar plants being installed near Gila Bend, Nina and her husband Brian began constructing the temporary housing they will occupy at their new homes that were installed recently. After a period of several weeks, the enclosures will be removed and the owls will be free to remain or move on as their instincts lead them.


New and improved "Mouse House"

Continuing to clean up and improve the physical operation at the facility, Art Smith and Mark Kroeppler (with some welding by myself…) are changing the set up in the mouse house and repairing some of the structure that the weather and the rodents have damaged over time. It’s an ongoing process…


"I see you!"

Recently Jessica and Rebekah from Planet Dog donated some bird toys to us. Most found their way into the corvid area, being joyfully used by the ravens and crows, but one is now amusing Einstein, our new education GHO! Who knew a GHO would like to play with toys? A heartfelt “Thank You” to Jessica and Rebekah at Planet Dog!

(And while we’re talking about folks helping Liberty, as I go to press this afternoon in Seattle, I’m carrying about 34 lbs. of fresh salmon heads I picked up at the Pike Place Fish Market today for our bald eagles.  Pictures to follow next week!)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from TW@L!!!!!!!!!

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One Response to This Week at Liberty October 31, 2011

  1. Anne says:

    A big thank you to Pike Place Fish Market for the salmon heads. Our bald eagles LOVE them!

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