Thanks to all of you who took the time to participate in our week long Grassroots Groupon celebrating Earth Day fundraising campaign. There have been so many wonderful things about this adventure in raising money for us. The enthusiasm of the Groupon gang was heartwarming. The jumping on board by the staff and volunteers at Liberty Wildlife to get things started was encouraging, and the response of the public, you, was overwhelming. We met our goals and beyond, and that will insure that our babies and orphans this year will have the best possible care.
The whole adventure made me keenly aware of the power of the many. It didn’t take a lot of money, but it did take a lot of people….people who care. Sure someone could come in and supply the total sum, and that would be greatly appreciated. But, the list of donors revealed some pretty interesting information.
There were many names that I recognized. People that know us already, people who have brought animals in for our care, people with whom we have a history. To each of you I say thank you again for your wonderful and continuing support. It means everything to us,
The other interesting thing was the number of people who are just learning about us. They learned about us from Groupon. They learned about us from e mails forwarded by friends of Liberty who believed in the power of many. And, they learned about us through our social media outlets. If you can start the “Arab spring” through social media, just think what we could do through the power of many doing just a little bit.
Now the question is, “How can we maintain this energy?” Of course, I want to spread the word about the benefits and beauty of wildlife to everyone and anyone who will listen. I love seeing how people who are newly educated step up to the plate. It is possible to do miraculous things.
The power of many is here to stay. If you donated $10 (or more), if you donate your time to volunteering, if you spread the word to your friends and contacts you are exploiting the power of the many. There is no telling what we can and will do next.
Thanks to all of you for renewing my spirit!
And, one more important thing….please welcome Kurt Licence to Liberty Wildlife as our new Daily Care Coordinator starting on Tuesday, April 24th. We will be celebrating Melissa’s new adventure with a pot-luck at Liberty on May 1st, her last working day. Come and join us in wishing her a happy new working life and say hello to Kurt.
This Week at Liberty
The intake total for the year now stands at 565.
“Baby Bird Season” is fully upon us! The wonderful volunteers in OC, plus the staff in Med Service, are now caring for orphan baby birds and mammals non-stop. This in addition to the treatment of juvenile and adult animals that continue to arrive in normal numbers. The Hotline and R&T volunteers are also running at full speed (if anyone wants to help out with a Hotline shift, call Carol!) Hang on, it will only increase as the season progresses!
Last week, Sharon was preparing the equipment that will be used in identifying the babies this season. The colorful display of tags and leg bands of all sizes was a happy reminder of all the beautiful babies that will pass through Liberty this year on their way to a healthy life in the Arizona skies.
Not all the orphans we take in are hawks and owls. All native birds get help when they need it, from the hummers, verdin, doves, and quail to the eagles and condors. Temperature control and food are the primary ingredients to a healthy environment for new young birds.
Early last week, somebody in northern Arizona moved some hay and discovered four tiny baby barn owls among the bales. They were taken in a small box to a facility in Kingman and the next day, Liberty friend Gray Bower drove from Prescott to pick them up. By then, there were only three and Wednesday afternoon, I drove them from Prescott to Liberty. After being separated from their parents while just a couple days old, their long scary trip was finally over. They were fed, hydrated, and cleaned and placed in a brooder were they could finally rest. Two survived the night, but are now with some foster parent barn owls and seem to be doing well at this point. Hopefully, life for them will improve…
A nestling harris’ hawk also came to us for help. As soon as the bird is strong enough, it will be placed with our foster parents for rehab and proper imprinting. Right now, Sequoia is raising some smaller orphan HaHa’s.
OK, it’s no big surprise that we are still getting baby cotton tails in. Bunnies tend to breed almost all year here in sunny Arizona, and people routinely find tiny babies or have their cats deliver them to their front porch. Yes, we work both extreme ends of the food chain…
Treatment for the non-baby birds also continues through the rush of the orphans. This peregrine seems quite content to have his feet soaked in tri-cide by Lesley on Thursday. This fairly new treatment is working very well at managing the previously difficult to control infection.
Our two foster mom GHOs, Sedona and Hogan, are both doing service above and beyond the normal call of motherhood. Sedona (along with her partner Igor) is happily caring for 9 nestlings while our star Hogan (and her helper Wyatt) have 12 of their own. This will continue as the orphans flow through the facility for the next few months.
Beyond the three that came down from Kingman, at least three others came in by themselves and joined the squad of kids in the care of our BO fosters. Not known for being the most photogenic of youngsters, a couple of them, including this little ball of down, were beyond cute as they were weighed and examined prior to insertion into the foster environment.
Also in the running for “cutest baby of the week” was this little RTH and his yet-to-hatch sibling, both retrieved from a nest relocation on a power pole. Nina and Stevie brought them down after the parents got impatient waiting for the linemen to finish working on the power equipment and abandoned the nest.
Almost all of the letters from kids we get are directed to the Education team as they have most of the contact with the public, especially the kids. But recently John, one of our extraordinary volunteers, made such an impression on the family who called about an injured owl they had found that they took the time to write to us about it. The Hot Line and the R&T volunteers don’t get nearly enough recognition for what they contribute to the success of the Liberty Wildlife operation. Nice going guys!