This Week at Liberty August 13, 2012

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Liberty Wildlife gets to be more and more national in scope every day.  Over the years we have helped other rehabilitation and education facilities like ours to carry out their missions.  We have sent educational ambassadors all around the country to carry the message of conservation to students in every corner of the United States.  We have helped a hummingbird in the north central area of the country to migrate to Florida via US Airways.  We have facilitated the migration of some swallows and pipits from Alaska who missed their migration while they healed in a rehab center.  We have orchestrated the return of many pelicans to California some sent to us from the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson.

Our Non-Eagle Feather repository has provided educational outreach into South Dakota, Florida, Utah, and New Mexico to spread the word about the opportunity of Native Americans to legally obtain feathers for regalia, ceremonies and other religious needs.  Currently our feathers have been sent to 37 different states, and we have received feathers to supply our repository from legal entities across the US.

Over the years we have built up a reputation addressing our skill in rehabilitation of native wildlife.  The Peregrine Fund recognizes the skill of our founder, Dr. Orr, in dealing with the difficulties of rehabilitating California condors.  We have been the “go to” group for the rehabilitation of both bald and golden eagles in the state of Arizona and have worked for many years assisting the Arizona Game and Fish Bald Eagle Nest Watch program.

We have been contacted for medical advice and care by Wild Sky Productions, a free flight raptor program based in Florida that provides educational and entertaining opportunities throughout the country.  And recently a rehabber from the Rhode Island Wildlife Center called us for help in dealing with a green heron that had come into their care.  The Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon inquired about various raptor issues.  The Free Flight facility outside of Eugene, Oregon has requested assistance with an eagle whose single handler passed away and a new handler needed help taking over the care and training of this bird.

We appreciate the fact that we are seen to be a national organization.  We have had volunteers from as far away as Brazil and Hotline helpers from New Jersey and soon from Massachusetts.   Our eagle program was bestowed a huge compliment by assuming the responsibility of Aurora, a bald eagle now in our program who came to us from Wind River, a rehabilitation and educational facility in Wisconsin, seeking placement and continued training.

All of these things add up to a great confidence in our capacity to meet the needs of a nationally recognized organization.  Watch us grow.

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens


The intake total is now at 2870.

As the birds go out to be released, the intakes still keep coming in. We have several owls this week, plus another of our large visitors from the northern end of the state. Let’s take a look…

Andrea gets ready to feed a tiny cottontail

OK, how many times can I say it: bunnies never stop breeding! This tiny little cottontail came in last week, apparently healthy, but desperately needing some TLC from a surrogate mom. It sometimes takes them a while to accept formula from a plastic syringe (it’s not exactly like mom!) but eventually they figure it out.


Sharon holds Christy’s barn owl

The leg looks much better to Dr. Wyman

The barn owl that came up from Sierra Vista a few weeks ago is doing much better. Having injured its leg getting caught in some wires caused some feather damage but also injured its leg, but after some expert wrapping and medication, it seems to be well on the way to a full recovery.

Young BuOw with a burned foot

Joanie holds for Dr. Wyman

Lesley checks out another injured burrowing owl

Two young BuOws (burrowing owls) are currently in the ICU. One appears to present an electrical or other type of burn to one foot, which could cause problems for a bird that spends much time on the ground. The other little guy has some head trauma which involves his right eye. Treatment for both continues…

Dr.Wyman checks for healing

Toba and Joanie check on a young GHO

Just starting to get his “horns”!

The GHO from last week’s TW@L that Craig rescued from under the tree in Chandler was checked again by Dr. Wyman and the end of his wing is not doing well. Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, the damage is too extensive and the magic just won’t work. Next up was a young GHO kid who is just starting to sprout his feathery “horns.” His injured wing is still under treatment.


Little swainson’s (photo by Sara Wyckoff)

Sara Wyckoff, one of our volunteers, snapped this shot of the little swainson’s hawk last week as she was working in the ICU.

A beautiful yellow warbler

This tiny yellow warbler came in last week, signaling yet another migration in progress through the state. Keep your eyes open for lots of pretty little birds that we don’t see throughout the year as they pass through Arizona heading toward breeding territories. The effects of climate change can be seen in the timing of these movements as they shift as the world changes around them.


This condor is just a little kid

Another california condor came to us last week. This little guy is only 2 years old (thus the black head) and for once, the main reason he is here is not lead poisoning, although his blood shows elevated lead levels even at this young age. His presentation is a broken pubis, a long thin bone on either side beneath the tail. This is probably painful enough to make him to limp as he walks. The cause of the injury is open to speculation but the treatment is primarily cage rest and the long term prognosis is good!




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2 Responses to This Week at Liberty August 13, 2012

  1. Gail says:

    Nice job Megan illustrating the far reaching effects of a job well done. And kudos Sara, its wonderful to see the works of new talent in the nature photography field.

  2. Art Smith says:

    Glad to see some “ink” on the Non-Eagle feather program. Nina has certainly done a great job with that program as evidenced by the large numbers of communications that come from people expressing their thanks for being able to get the items they need for their religious and cerimonial purposes. Great PR for Liberty and a job well done by one of our dedicated people. Nice to see jobs and the people that do them achnowledged once in a while.


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