Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And I would like to add to that you don’t have to serve only where you live. Volunteering at Liberty Wildlife is proof of this. As I have said many times before we have the best, strongest and most dedicated group of volunteers that exists on this planet…according to me! Some of these people come from down the street. Some of them come from far reaches of the Valley….often enduring long drives in unforgiving traffic. Some volunteers work in different parts of the State and either do triage at veterinary clinics, rescues, or transports of wildlife needing our help. Then there are the national volunteers who man a hotline shift in other states using our hotline/rescue software to locate the closest rescue volunteers eliminating the need to “know” their ways around the Valley and State.
But now, it doesn’t stop with local, regional and national volunteers serving our mission. We now have international connections. A student on a work and travel experience from Brazil is lending a hand on Wednesdays to make a difference in the wildlife that we care for. Wow!
And, it doesn’t stop there. Recently we were contacted by an employee of LUSH Cosmetics from Canada. The local presence had suggested Liberty Wildlife as a possible charity to support with their charitable giving program. LUSH has an amazing corporate program to support activities of non-profit groups like Liberty Wildlife. The Charity Pot, when purchased, provides 100% if the cost to their charitable giving program and from that program they select groups across the US and Canada to provide grant money to support programming.
Liberty Wildlife was chosen and soon our Charity Pot will be in 150 stores across the US and Canada. They provided a party in their Scottsdale store to introduce the Liberty Wildlife Charity Pot, and we provided a successful educational presentation for interested folks in the area. We also were able to provide educational programming for the conference of people attending their meetings here from all over the US and Canada….learning among other things about Gila Monsters and other wildlife from our area that was hugely successful.
And, then, 40 or 50 (I couldn’t keep the counting straight as they were so busy helping) of the most industrious, team-working, pleasant volunteers came out to help with installation of artificial burrowing owl systems. It was hot, sunny and dry….not so familiar a set of conditions for many of them….and yet, I never heard a whimper, sigh or complaint. All I heard was, “What can I do next? Where can I help? How can we make this better? Can I help you move that?”
I think all of our volunteers, from local to international can say with assurance that they are great, they serve, they make a difference, they make the world a better place.
We are enriched by each and everyone one of you…..those I see daily and those I may never see again…you all have “a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
This Week at Liberty
The intake total for the year is now at 105.
Megan gave a good overview of the Lush program as it applied to Liberty Wildlife in H3 above. This association took center stage last week as we integrated Lush into the normal schedule of rehabbing, education, and Research and Conservation work at Liberty. Plus, it was a big X-ray week for a bunch of birds! Take a peek…
A special education event was put on for the Lush representatives last week. Six volunteers (Joe, Jan, Anne, Max, Claudia, and Balinda) explained what Liberty does and why we demonstrate living non-releasable birds to the public. The visitors got a very good view of lots of native Arizona wildlife and learned about their adaptations from the well trained Education volunteers. Kudos to Max for coordinating the Ed events!
It seems as if GHO’s come in all year, regardless of the season. This pretty owl arrived with some symptoms of a head injury, probably as a result of a collision with something – either a window or a car. So far, the damage seems minimal but time – and observation – will tell.
This HaHa came in a while back with an old injury that had healed (note the X-ray). This cause him to stand with one leg canted in and the talons on that side constantly injure the toes on his other foot. His feathers are also in terrible condition leading us to surmise that he was being kept in captivity by someone who had no experience with this type of raptor. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The X-rays also showed the extent of the damage to the wing of the young sharp-shinned hawk from last week. It’s actually in a good position – mid-shaft and below the wrist. The bird’s youth also is a factor on the plus side, so we’ll watch this bird closely and see how good it’s flight is when the break heals.
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