This Week at Liberty October 15, 2012

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Here’s a topic that I can get behind….birdies and charity.  In fact, here’s an opportunity that you can get behind.  Liberty Wildlife is invited to participate in this year’s 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Birdies for Charity drive.  If you are considering making a donation to Liberty Wildlife (and if you aren’t, maybe you will) at the end of the year, please sign up through the pledge form here or visit .

Every penny you pledge will come directly to us to support our mission.  It is about as easy as it gets.  You can make a one-time pledge (must be at least $20 or you can pledge as little as a penny (or more if you are feeling really generous) for every birdie made at the 2013 Phoenix Open.  You might be wondering how many birdies are made normally….between 1300 to 1500 averaged at the event.  That means if you pledge a penny you will be charged only $13 to $15 collected by the Birdies for Charity organization and paid in full to Liberty Wildlife after the event.  What could be easier?

And the bonus is that if Liberty Wildlife qualifies as one of five groups who either get the most individual donations or the highest amount pledged, we will be spotlighted at the event….helping us further our ability to spread our mission to attendees at the event.  I am convinced that we would be a huge hit….Birdies for Charity in the flesh.  Out of town golfers and attendees would be able to get a close up view of our educational ambassadors…quite a memory to go home with.

Do us a huge favor and take a minute to check it out.  The drop down menu allows you to choose Liberty Wildlife or on a pledge form included here our number is 263.  If you have any questions, call 480-998-0230…we have answers!

Oh and the Thunderbirds will provide a 10% bonus charitable gift…make your donation go farther….make a pledge…make a difference!

This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

The total intake for the year is now at 3161.

As the year winds down, as always we see more young, first year animals requiring help as they learn the skills they’ll need for adult life.  Like I always say, nature is a tough teacher – in a lot of cases, the test precedes the lesson. Plus we help another eagle family and another rehabbed RTH goes free!  Let’s take a peek…

An unfortunate little skunk…

Being on the mammal team (only volunteers who have been trained and have their rabies shots are sent for mammal rescues) I get to do some of the out-of-the-ordinary rescue calls. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but last week the hotline got a call about a skunk who was in a parking lot in Gilbert. It seems the little animal had somehow gotten into the engine compartment of a car and rode to this strip mall and then fell out into the parking lot. She walked around a little and then curled up in one of the parking places. I arrived at the scene, carefully picked her up and with Jan’s coordination, drove her to Dr. Driggers’ facility where one of the vets examined her.  She was alive but not doing well at all and after consulting with Jan, it was decided to put her to sleep without subjecting her to any more distress or pain.  A sad but peaceful end to a bad day for the little animal.


Finding a good spot  (photo by Jan)

“Location, location, location…!”  (photo by Kurt)

Kyle anchors the frame Joe built.   (photo by Kurt)

Joe Miller got the chance to build another eagle nest  in his yard when a known nest in the Tres Rios area was destroyed by a fire this year. Recently, Joe, Jan, Kurt, Kyle and other volunteers took the nest structure out and anchored it in one of the neighboring trees in hopes that the eagle family will like it and move in.  Another example of humans helping out a brother species who suffered a loss from a wildfire in Arizona.


Sharon and Kurt work on the RTH

Joanie looks concerned

The young red-tail that had his foot damaged by an electrical accident continues to make slow progress. The problem with electrical injuries is that the tissue is burned very deeply and takes a long time to heal, as we’ve seen with this bird. He lost two toes and the foot is very slowly repairing itself from the burns. The good news is that things are slowly getting better for him and we have hopes he might become a new foster parent in time.


Jan checks a sharpie

A pretty young bird

Let’s protect that tail!

The migration is on! Several cooper’s hawks, and sharp-shinned hawks came in last week. The ones who seem to have the most trouble are the yearlings making their first big trip. When they need to stay with us a while, we usually prepare special tail guards to prevent them from destroying their tail feather while in captivity.


Toba checks a barn owl wing

A beautiful bird looks for some help

I love the markings!

Barn owls are one of my favorite types of owl, not only because of their totally cool adaptations, but also because of their stunning plumage. This big girl has a wing problem but as she was being examined and wrapped, I had to get a close-up of thte markings on her wing feathers.


Mr. Enos and the RTH

Heading for a new home

A few months ago, a young RTH came up to us from the Gila River Indian Community. It had left its nest early and needed some rehab help before being released a few days ago. Mr. Charles Enos, an aquatic scientist from their water quality program had made the original call to us and he was given the opportunity to do the release. The bird was strong and flew well and it’s hoped he will add to the quality and diversity of life in the Sacaton area.

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3 Responses to This Week at Liberty October 15, 2012

  1. Michaele Thomas says:

    Love love love this last shot! Gave me chills!

  2. Kim Parrott says:

    Beautiful pics — sorry for the little skunk but at least Liberty helped! Love the barn owl pics — and the release!

  3. Lora Aleo says:

    Love that last picture. What a beautiful moment for them both!!

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