At the end of this week Liberty Wildlife will be participating with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Celebratory Pow Wow commemorating their success 30 years ago of stopping the construction of Orme Dam. I was so impressed by reading the list of “things saved” by these actions that I thought I would share it with you.
The “long fought battle” saved the following:
The Fort McDowell Yavapai tribe.
Two rivers, rare flowing stretches of the Verde and Salt Rivers
Tubing recreation for thousands
178 Archeological sites, rivaling Stonehenge, Snaketown
Historical Camp McDowell
Riparian habitat, highest bird population densities in North America
Animals, Fish and Plants:
22 fish species
49 kinds of amphibians and reptiles
50 kinds of mammals including beaver, raccoon, muskrat, badger
195 kinds of birds including great blue herons and 13 kinds of hawks
264types of vegetation including mesquite bosques
These numbers are derived from the governmental Environmental Impact Statement of 1980.
The year, 1981, was indeed a good year for wildlife in our area. It was the year Liberty Wildlife was incorporated and the year that the Yavapai people at Fort McDowell stood up for the l culture and the natural history of their land.
This Week at Liberty
The intake total for the year is now 3217
We had some new arrivals this week, some for medical intervention, and some new recruits for the education department. A couple of birds got X-rayed and one got rescued and released in the same operation! Here we go…
We get several calls each year about birds, mostly hawks, who followed prey into batting and pitching cages at local high schools. Last week Carl and Mary Price went out to a high school ad rescued a harris’ hawk who had gotten ion side a sports cage and could not (or would not)m fly down to get himself out. After a gentle retrieval, Carl released the wayward raptor who hopefully learned a lesson from his auto-incarceration.
We have been getting several tiny babe desert tortoises lately, but last week we got in an adult version. A fine specimens, he will be evaluated and transferred to Phoenix Herpetological Society for adoption. Today, we received a western grebe with with an injury to his left wing. Currently in the waterfowl pen, he is under observation to determine the extent of the damage.
We currently have several peregrines in our care, three of which were taken out to the 60ft flight and allowed to fly. They share the enclosure with three turkey vultures who seemed only moderately interested in their new neighbors. These two species don’t compete for prey so they get along fairly well as “room mates.”
A few weeks ago we got in a red-tailed hawk that we thought was the victim of a gun shot wound. X-rays (from another facility) showed the presence of lead pellets which confirmed the diagnosis. Now, a course of treatment must be determined regarding the removal of the intruding projectiles.
The prairie falcon that came down from Kingman last week showed up with his own X-rays. The films showed his left ulna to be broken in two places. The break is serious, but the bone is in fairly good alignment. The wing was splinted and further treatment is being considered. Updates to follow…
Liberty has two new members of the Education Team, acquired from a wonderful lady from Washington state, Cathi Wright. Obviously wonderfully well cared for, the two birds – a gorgeous big red-tail and an aplomado falcon, came down on a US Airways flight from Portland last week. Currently they are both being acclimated to the local weather and the hand-feed routine and are doing very well. The RTH is named Skye and we have named the aplomado “Cuzco” in honor of his Peruvian ancestry. Look for them at an education show in the near future.
The Liberty Wildlife 2012 Calendar is now on sale. Get one at the facility, or go to www.libertywildlife.net to order one. They will also be available at the picnic on Sunday!