This Week at Liberty September 10, 2012

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

For the next few days, nine to be exact, you are going to hear from us about the great opportunity we have to earn a grant through a Chase Bank giving program.  There are many non-profits making a grab for the grant, many deserving groups, but we want you to vote for us.  We know how to use our funds to produce results!  In each of our departments we make strides that are beyond compare.  We rehabilitate well over 3500 animals every year free of charge.  We provide educational programming free of charge to over 720 groups totaling almost 75,000 people….students of all ages.  We, alone, have provided feathers for 136 tribes, to 37 states filling 950 out of 1200 orders, free of charge.  We operate with a small staff and almost 300 volunteers who come to us free of charge.  Our money is spent on food, medicine, supplies, housing, business expenses, transportation, and other necessities of the rehabilitation and education process.  We know how to produce, utilizing our funds carefully.  We depend on grants, donations, and the goodness of your hearts to do what we do so well.

Here’s an opportunity for you to support our work, and it won’t cost you anything more than a few minutes to go to your computer and vote.  It works like this:  You must vote and then you must pass this on to ALL of your friends, families and neighbors to vote for us also.  You can easily see how that kind of support would go a long way towards helping us win this grant…Please, please, please follow the simple directions below and follow the sites to cast your votes for Liberty Wildlife…..winning this will mean a great deal to our future successes….Wildlife doesn’t come in with an insurance policy!  You can make a difference in the lives of many animals, provide unparalleled education, and you can make it happen free of charge!

Do a search for www.chasegiving.com which will direct you towww.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving.com.

Then click on https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/ and search for Liberty Wildlife.  At that point you can vote for Liberty Wildlife.  If you have a Chase account, you can vote there and on Facebook…..two chances to support our mission!

Finished?  Now pass it on to all of your family and friends…Do it for the cause, for the world, for yourself.  And, do it now.

Thank you.

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 3044.

It’s a short update this week as several deadlines (Nature News, Wing Beats, TW@L, etc.) all coincided. Thankfully lots of other volunteer and staff contributed photos for TW@L!  Even though the intake numbers are down, the activity never stops and we take this opportunity to catch up on other projects as we still get in some unusual guests.  Let’s take a look…

Claudia explains some peregrine adaptations (photo by Jan Miller)

Joe and Jan show the eagles (photo by Claudia Kirshcer)

A photo op for the kids (photo by Jan Miller)

Joe, Jan, and Claudia took some of our Education birds up to a presentation near Prescott last week for an early season show. The crowd was enthusiastic at the  Highlands Center for Natural History as the trio displayed owls, falcons, and two eagles, then posed for pictures. This is always a big hit, especially with the kids in the crowd.

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STILL with the bunnies…! (photo by Susie Vaught)

OK, could somebody please tell the bunnies to STOP breeding now!?! It’s September, after all!  OK, ok, we can’t do that, and the volunteers at Liberty will still keep feeding the orphan cottontails whenever they come in…

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A screech owl gets some eye drops  (photo by Susie Vaught)

Injured ringtail cat (photo by Kurt License)

A couple of unusual arrivals were treated last week as the numbers of intakes drops and the variety increases with more migratory activity.  A small screech owl was among the patients that got some care during Vet Night, as well as this little ringtail cat that was the victim of a car collision. He was given emergency treatment and transferred to the local emergency clinic.

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I’m still a giant owl! (photo by Susie Vaught)

The little great-horned owl from last week’s update is still showing he is ready to defend himself – even from rehabilitation! When GHOs and other owls and raptors sense threats, they try to make themselves appear as large as possible to deter predators from further aggression. This bird has the move down!

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Rehabbing hummer (photo by Kurt License)

Kurt took this shot of a new little hummer that arrived for care for a damaged wing.  Hummers are tough to rehab due to their diminutive size and high level of activity but this never stops our volunteers from providing the best care possible at all times!

“What’s that about the dog…??” (photo by Susie Vaught)

Last week a small bird was rescued at a medical facility and when the transport person picked it up, this note had been left on the box.  Apparently, they had a dog (and obviously some personnel!) who would eat anything and wanted to make sure it didn’t get added to anybody’s menu before the Liberty volunteer arrived.

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9 Responses to This Week at Liberty September 10, 2012

  1. Balinda Strosnider says:

    Isn’t the Ringtail Cat the AZ State mammal?

    • tstevens says:

      Yes it is, although technically it’s the state “animal”, which would imply that birds and reptiles are not animals…go figure.

  2. Gail says:

    The pictures in this post are a great example of why we should all be sure and vote for Liberty Wildlife to win the Chase Bank grant and send the opportunity on to friends and family!

  3. jean conneely says:

    am very!! Interested in helping with the animals there. I do realize there would be some training for that. Could you please send me some inform ation on that.
    I have a huge love for animals

    • tstevens says:

      Jean! Just go to the main website libertywildlife.org and navigate to the volunteer button and submit an application. Carol will be in contact soon thereafter!

  4. Bryan Hughes says:

    Are there any updates on the ringtail? Thank you for taking him in.

    • tstevens says:

      I’ll have to check with the clinic since he was transferred to their care.

      • Bryan Hughes says:

        If you have the time, please do. I’d love to know what happened. Thank you.

        • tstevens says:

          I researched the case of the ringtail cat you brought in. He was tested for various diseases at the clinic which is standard procedure for wild mammals. Unfortunately, he was positive for distemper, an incurable infectious virus. He was humanely euthanized at that point.
          After doing rescues for 23 years, I know this is disappointing, but don’t give up on caring. You did make a difference to this little guy.

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