This Week at Liberty December 19, 2011

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

I realize that life is getting pretty busy for everyone as we near the holiday season, but I thought I would just add a few more things to your “to do” list… just three things…no thanks necessary.

No. One:  Believe it or not, the folks at Liberty Wildlife are finally sending the last of last year’s late orphan or injured babies back into the wild. If all things go well, this will be done before the end of the year.  And, that makes us realize that the orphan season, 2012, is soon to be upon us.  With that in mind, we have already started preparing by looking closely at the ways we can improve our services when these orphans come sailing from their nests way too early to survive on their own….and when you, the caring public, needs our help.  Upgrading our Rescue and Transport (R & T) process and our Hotline’ access to them will hopefully get help to you quicker.

And, there is something you can do to help also.  In case you have a little time on your hand and the urge to get outside, this would be a good time to finish pruning your native vegetation.  If you wait until the spring you will run into the recurring problem of pruning babies out of their nests making frantic parents out of adult birds who are only trying to successfully hatch a brood of babies.  As a result, we need to step in to raise these babies instead of their real parents who admittedly do a much better job!  While you are out there pruning, why don’t you get creative and make your yard wildlife friendly.  I get great pleasure watching the birds at my feeder and fountain.   It is relaxing, meditative, and just plain enjoyable.  More on this later.

No. Two:  As you make your resolutions for the New Year, maybe you feel the time has come when you can spare a few hours to volunteer with an organization that could use your talents.  Of course, I am thinking of Liberty Wildlife.  We depend on volunteers!   Our native wildlife depends on volunteers!  You in the community depend on volunteers!  We have a huge variety of “jobs” (all training provided by us) that need to be done both on site and from the comfort of your home.  The process is easy.  To get started go to www.libertywildlife.org.  From there you can click on “Volunteer” and make a commitment to help.  You will feel good about your efforts; you will help native wildlife; and you can hang out with a team of other like-minded folks with big hearts and many, many talents.

No. Three:  If you have a little money to spare, you could make an end of the year tax deductible donation.  You could make a monthly sustaining donation.  You could attend one of our pretty special fund raisers.  You could donate an item or three to our auction.  You could shop at our store (www.libertywildlife.net . Or you could just be creative and think of your own way to help financially.  We do a lot with very little and your donation will go far to help a cause you believe in.

No. Four:  Ok, there is one more….Have a blessed and bountiful holiday fulfilling all of your wishes and making dreams come true.

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 3312.

We had lots of helps last week during the Tuesday afternoon “Vet Night” activities.  Several animals made the move to outside enclosures (always a good thing!), and a few more had their prognoses upgraded as they were treated. It may seem like an endless stream of RTH’s and GHO’s but it’s the true, solid work of Liberty Wildlife…

Sharon and Joanie get the RTH ready for exam

A wing injury is checked by Dr. Wyman

In addition to Jan, Joanie, and Sharon, Dr. Wyman was also on hand to help with the assessments The afternoon began with a large red tail with a wing injury…

The wound is rewrapped

The next patient was the prairie falcon with the damaged wing. It was time for the sutures to be removed and Dr. Wyman was nominated. After the stitches were out, the wound was wrapped to allow thorough healing.

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A magnificent GHO

A fine display of a "muffle feather"

Dr.Wyman makes the call as Susie holds

He becomes "Blue 2"

New surroundings

A particularly good looking GHO with spectacular dark feathers was examined last week. As he had no permanent injuries, Dr. Wyman and Jan decided to place him outside with some other rehabbing GHO’s. After tagging him with a blue no.2 band, he joined some new friends and will soon be released. Another success story!

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She's a big girl

Jan attaches a tail guard

Another large female cooper’s hawk is in our care.  She is doing fairly well, but as with almost all accipiters, in extended captivity, they tend to destroy their tails. To prevent this, a tail guard made from old x-ray film was fashioned and attached to protect her tail feathers until she can go outside.

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Sharon checks the chart

Tony holds a big RTH for Dr. Wyman

Joanie wraps the wing

Tony put in an appearance and helped out while Sharon, Susie, Jan, Joanie, and Dr. Wyman completed the paper work and all the rest of the vet night duties. Several birds got to go outside as their conditions improved…

Dr. Wyman examines the one-footed GHO

Sharon wraps as Tony holds

The one-footed owl from last week is a strange case: it is now suspected that some of the injuries are from an electrical accident.  But that doesn’t explain all aspects of this little guy’s issues. The good news is the wing injury seems to be below the wrist and the location of the damage means there is some hope for his recovery.

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