This Week at Liberty – November 18, 2013

Hoots, Howls, and HollersMegan and Libby

Where does the time go?  Thanksgiving looms…can the end of the year festivities be far behind?  And, yes, it is the time of the year that charities and not-for-profits start spreading an awareness to our past, present, and future supports about the good work we do in support of our mission…which we know is near and dear to each of you.

For Liberty Wildlife we try to let as many people as possible know how much we are able to accomplish as frugally as we can –that is.  Your donations go “to the moon and back” to fulfill your wishes to nurture the nature of Arizona (and beyond!)

One way we try to spread the word about our accomplishments is to publish our annual magazine, WingBeats, and our Annual Report.   This year we are going green.  If we have your e mail address we will send our publication directly to your inbox.  We hope you enjoy it, we hope you pass it on, we hope you appreciate the trees and other resources saved by this new presentation.

And, don’t forget that now is the time for you to reach out and pledge to our Birdies for Charity campaign.  An appearance of our educators at the Waste Management Phoenix Open gives us an opportunity to wow and educate a huge and diverse public.  Go to our website—  and click on the pop up.  Making a pledge will be the easiest thing you do all day long and the benefits to Liberty Wildlife will be exponentially important to us.  Don’t put it off…go now…pledge now… and feel better all day.

The end of the year is near.  Don’t let the time slip by without supporting Liberty Wildlife and our mission.  You will be glad you did; we will be glad you did; and Arizona’s wildlife will be glad that you did.

Thanks in advance for your continuing support of our mission!

This Week at Liberty

The intake total is now at 3625.

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

Things are hitting a slow stride now as some birds are still coming in , and some are getting released.  We’re working hard at planning the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Picnic as well as last minute touches on this year’s inaugural electronic distribution of Wing Beats, plus a few other projects that have been hanging fire for a while. The weather has turned really nice and the Ed team is doing lots of great programs, especially on the weekends. Dr. Wyman was here last Tuesday and performed surgery on a HaHa that hopefully will be released in time. Here’s what it all looked like…

Ready to graduate!

Ready to graduate!

A short stay, and a fast release!

A short stay, and a fast release! 

"I am so outta here...!"

“I am so outta here…!”

One of the kestrels in our care made it through the program and was released last week. Gail, one of the Tuesday afternoon volunteers, got to do the honors as the bird “graduated” and was allowed to rejoin his friends in the Arizona skies. As always, the little falcon was in a hurry to leave and never looked back!


Susie and Joanie check out a GHO wing

Susie and Joanie check out a GHO wing

The MS team examines an injured red tailed hawk

The MS team examines an injured red tailed hawk

Before Dr. Wyman arrived, the Tuesday Med Services team checked on some previous patients including a small GHO who appears to be having flight problems, and an RTH with a serious wing injury.

Anesthesia is given to the Harris' hawk

Anesthesia is given to the Harris’ hawk (photo by Susie Vaught)

An intubation tube is inserted

An intubation tube is inserted (photo by Susie Vaught)

The injured toe

The injured toe (photo by Susie Vaught)

Dr. Wyman works as Sharon monitors and Joanie holds

Dr. Wyman works as Sharon monitors and Joanie holds (photo by Susie Vaught)

Time to wake up!

Time to wake up! (photo by Susie Vaught)

The surgery involved the amputation of one toe from a Harris’ hawk. The injury left the bird without one of his talons and should not pose any long-term ill effects. First the bird was given a general anesthesia, after which an intubation tube was inserted to maintain the level of anesthesia during the surgery. The vital signs (heart rate, respiration, etc.) are carefully monitored during the procedure. After the digit was removed, the wound was sutured by Dr. Wyman and the bird was allowed to wake up and then went back into a quiet enclosure for recovery. When this heals, release is definitely in his future!

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