This Week at Liberty – May 20, 2013

Hoots, Howls, and HollersMegan and Libby

I want to share a string of emails from Carol, our Volunteer Coordinator, Hotline Coordinator and Rescue and Transport aid.  I couldn’t say it better than Carol, Tammy, Tony or any of the others involved in these series of interactions.
This is mostly for our new hotline volunteers:  This is a 3 step west side rescue.  It happens a lot!
We had an owl in Buckeye that was brought to an animal clinic who called us for help.  They were getting ready to x-ray it but didn’t know how to treat it…meds, fluids etc. and wanted some help.  The best action, of course, was to find a rescue person to go get it. Most vet clinics don’t know how to treat wild animals.  I took over the rescue call outs and using the mapping program plus the papers got (1) Margaret V. to go get it.  I also called (2) Arlene P. (on the relay sheet for rescues) to be sure she’d be home tonight.  Arlene is a med services volunteer who can stabilize and keep animals overnight. She’s in Glendale.  Margaret was to take the owl to Arlene.  Arlene was to call (3) Claudia K. who also lives out there (also on the relay sheet) and comes to Liberty Tuesday and Wednesday morning. She is to pick up the owl on her way into Liberty tomorrow morning.  FYI:  Arlene comes to Liberty on Thursday mornings so we have 3 days of transport for the west side.
Pretty cool, huh?  On a grander scale, we do this kind of thing to bring animals in from outlying areas of the state.
We don’t do a lot of relays for the east side of Phx. metro because we have more rescuers and Scottsdale is measurably closer!   However, if you look at that relay sheet you do see some names for the east side to call if you are looking for a “half way house”.  If you’re new, you might want to get me or a veteran hotliner to help out.

From Tammy G.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK, YOU for taking over this call for me!!!
I’m impressed about how it all worked out, and I’m looking forward to being able to do this kind of work in the future (and removing some of your crazy workload!!!)
You are welcome. How did the rescue with your mom workout? Did she come alone to Liberty with the owl, did you come with her or what happened?
Hi again!,
As you can tell, I’m answering my e-mails…FINALLY!!
My AWESOME mom went in, took control, and picked-up the baby owl with NO PROBLEM!!!  She’s such a STUD!!! LOL!!
I met her along the way, and we went to Liberty together.  “WHOO” it was dark when we got there, but I had a powerful flashlight!  She filled out the paperwork and book like she’d been doing it for years!! (Can you tell I’m impressed with her???!!!)  She placed a towel under the carrier and set the baby down to be looked at in the morning!  I peeked into the box, and he/she looked calm and comfortable!!! Oh he/she was SO CUTE!!!  Of course, during transport, we whispered, didn’t listen to the radio and had only outside air on for ventilation.  So the owl was pretty calm throughout!!
Overall, a thoroughly successful rescue!!  Of course, I hope the baby is doing well!!
This is SO FUN!!!
Your training paid off with this brand new rescuer!  This was a 9 pm call from AJ High School.  Baby owl.  Tammy’s mom came from Gold Canyon.  Tammy lives in Chandler.    The women were amazing. They also had to deal with the Ranger insisting on the owl staying there next to the playing field of the high school (not a safe place in the morning). The Ranger needed a little convincing, but we got the baby. I’m guessing that they didn’t get to Liberty till 10 o’clock at night.  Intrepid pair!
See what I mean.  They all totally rock, the animals were helped….the system works using an incredible cadre of volunteers.  Thanks to all of you.  And, to the others of you…get involved, add meaning to your lives and help others in need.  Volunteer now.


This Week at Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 1303.

Volunteer Holly Hicks said it all when I called for the intake total today: “It’s a madhouse here today!”  The orphans are raining down on us and we’re all struggling to stay on top of things. Good thing some animals are getting released. The fosters are all doing a great job and more are on the way. Stand back and take a look…!

Getting ready to go

Geese getting ready to go (photo by Allen Spencer)

"No standing in front of the white line"

“No standing in front of the white line”  (photo by Allen Spencer)

"You may now use your portable waterfowl devices"

Mom checks out the new place (photo by Allen Spencer)

A beautiful new home

A beautiful new home (photo by Allen Spencer)

The family of Canada geese that has been residing in our waterfowl area for the past few weeks finally got the trip they (and WE!) had been hoping for –  a ride to their new home at a local lake. Allen and Sharon loaded them up and drove them out to the release site and after mom surveyed the new digs, they launched into the beautiful lake and seemed to enjoy the exquisite surroundings.


A baby coyote made a brief appearance last week

A baby coyote made a brief appearance last week (photo by Alex Stofko)

An orphan coyote was rescued and brought to Liberty for a brief evaluation before being sent to our friends at SWWL for further rearing. Always cute, and always a challenge!

Toba and Joanie examine a black crowned night heron

Toba and Joanie examine a black crowned night heron

This kestrel gets her foot checked

This kestrel gets her foot checked

...and then gets some fluids

…and then gets some fluids

Not everything at the facility is an orphan – we still get in some older birds and animals that are injured and require some medical intervention. The black-crowned night heron above had a wing injury and the little kestrel had some foot issues which required some more treatment after the normal fluid administration.



So tiny and helpless...

So tiny and helpless…

Rene feeds a humming bird

Rene feeds a humming bird

Jan feeds a tiny raven hatchling

Jan feeds one of the tiny raven hatchlings


Baby ravens begging

A clutch of larger baby ravens begging

The tiniest of baby animals are cared for by the careful hands of our Med Services and Orphan Care teams. From the smallest hummingbirds and ravens to the most helpless cottontails (and even some larger raven nestlings), all hungry mouths are fed on schedule with the proper diet in appropriate amounts. (If you’d like to help, contact Carol Suits at for information!)


Barn owl foster family

Barn owl foster family

Part of Igor's foster family

Part of Igor’s foster family

This year, Maggie is a foster mom...

This year, Maggie is a foster mom…

Wyatt and Earp's fosters

Wyatt and Earp’s fosters

"Meet the Kestrels!"

“Meet the Kestrels!”

With the great influx of orphaned raptors that occurs each year at this time, we are extremely fortunate that our foster parent program is so successful.  There is almost no way our volunteers could adequately care for the hundreds of baby owls, hawks, and falcons that we take in each spring. Our non-releasable foster parent birds are indispensable when it’s time to raise orphans, and they do it while providing the proper imprinting on the little ones so they can all be released down the road.


Our friend Christie Van Cleve from Sierra Vista has a baby GHO that needs a ride up from Tucson.  Is anybody headed that way in the next day or so? CALL ME 602-317-9320

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4 Responses to This Week at Liberty – May 20, 2013

  1. Pam Kohnken says:

    Always look forward to reading this update because as a hotliner I only see the beginning of the “rescue process” and it’s nice to see “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey always said. And the photos always give me joy–especially those owls–so cute.

  2. Ria Moll says:

    Loved, loved the picture of the canadian geese on the back of the pick up truck! Never seen that before, was funny!

    • tstevens says:

      Glad you liked it! (And as they corrected on NPR this morning – it’s not “canadian” geese, it’s “Canada” geese! LOL)

  3. Jean Rigden says:

    Those ravens look quite ravenous!

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