This Week at Liberty November 14, 2011

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

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.

Bald Eagles

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.

I still have my “Stop Orme Dam” t-shirt (in my archive).  But, I don’t think I totally understood the power of the statement until now.

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

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…

Carl rescues - and releases!

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 don't just get baby tortoises...

Wayward western grebe

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.


Checking out the new neighbors

A peregrine takes a short flight

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.”


GSW RTH gets an evaluation

Pellets in RTH

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.


Prairie gets an exam

X-rays show an ulnar fracture - in two places

Sharon makes a splint

Jan and Joanie wrap the wing

The prairie is ready to get some cage rest

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…


A new beautiful red-tail in town...

The big new girl weighs in

A very special addition to the ed team

"Cuzco" is our new Aplomado falcon

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 to order one. They will also be available at the picnic on Sunday!

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4 Responses to This Week at Liberty November 14, 2011

  1. Carol Suits says:

    Cuzco and Skye are very special. We’re lucky to have them! Nice pictures, Terry.

  2. Joe Miller says:

    Very nice!

  3. Carol Baetzel says:

    I hope our little redtail with the gun shot wounds makes it…….breaks my heart!!!

  4. What amazingly beautiful animals. I feel very blessed to be a part of the “team”!!

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