“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” Sydney J. Harris ☺
I am stealing this quote from Carol who used it today related to our new log in system….more on that later.
At this time of year, change is always on my mind. As the December 31st date rolls over making room for January 1st, I start to get excited. It sort of represents a clean slate to me. I know, it is just another day, but for some reason, for me, it is the trigger for my optimistic button. I begin to anticipate the changes that will surely be coming and in my muddled mind the changes are always good and for the best.
That notion takes me directly to the quote because change isn’t ever easy whether it is immediately seen as good or bad….it is what you make of it.
A week before the end of the year we tried out our new wildlife log in procedure created just for us by John with a heavy dose of help from Belinda and Terry. This is something Terry has been talking about for a while now, but it is tricky business with a lot of twists and turns with a double dash of trepidation from the users (us). This new system is designed to make our “paperwork” more expedient, make all of our bureaucratic needs hum, and take stress off of staff especially around the end of the year when reports are due.
Anticipating all of the hiccups isn’t possible the first time! We allowed for unnoticed “what ifs” and still John and Belinda had a little of the “back to the drawing board”….everything needs to talk to one another, volunteers and staff need to buy into the change, and this is only possible if you try it…see the real glitches on the ground and fix them. How lucky can we be to have two experts with really good senses of humor, and the work ethic that it takes to make things perfect!
With that quote in mind, I am embracing the changes that I anticipate. I look forward to the growth of our new facility. I look forward to streamlining our processes so that we can help more animals, educate more people, provide more assistance to the community and help the Native American community with their feather needs for regalia, religions practices, and ceremony.
This year I am going to embrace change, warts and all….and do what I can to make it all for the better!
And, please know how much I appreciate all of the donations, volunteer hours, and well wishes from our following….It is you, indeed, who make it happen.
This Week at Liberty
The intake total for 2014 is now at 15.
2014 is stating off with a bang: 2 California condors are presently being treated at Liberty. Once again, the culprit is lead poisoning. And, as Megan pointed out above, we are embarking on a new system to acquire the data we need for record keeping. (If some of you received the Quick Start Guide to this system in error, please forgive me. We recently did some realignment with our mailing lists – again with the aim to modernize and “Go Green” – and some people were included in the volunteer list in error.) We’re constantly trying to update and modernize as we move into a digital era which ultimately should result in greater efficiency and better care for the animals we treat. In any case, let’s look at 2014 – week No.1…
One last look at the holidays… For the past two years, this little tree has been decorating the facility during the holiday season. It reminds us that the people of Liberty are probably closer to the “Peanuts” kids rather than The Avengers in spirit, but with a never-give-up attitude and humility in dealing with all creatures that come to us for help.
A seasonal visitor to the area is this white-crowned sparrow that arrived last week. Not big and impressive, this pretty little bird is a true “snow bird” that comes to town from northern climates to spend the winter in the warm Southwest. His release is probably close at hand as he escaped his enclosure momentarily and fluttered around the ICU before I got this picture. A cousin of the ubiquitous European sparrow, this little guy is a native to North America.
This golden eagle came in a while back after being hit by a car. His wing was fractured in the collision and a pin was installed which healed, but the injury to his elbow made the joint stiff so he has remained with us for a while. He is now recovering from a bout with bumble-foot which is common in eagles who spend time in captivity. They need a wide variety of surfaces to stand on each day and until we get to our new facility, providing so many different types of surfaces is difficult. The good news is that he is healing nicely!
As the hunting season begins, two condors are already in treatment for lead poisoning. It appears we have been underperforming in the education area as people are still using lead ammunition. Arizona Game and Fish has a wonderful program to swap alternative type ammo for lead at no charge to any hunter who wants to participate. We just need to get the word out as to the dangers of lead in the environment. And if you don’t think condors are worth saving, most eagles that arrive at our facility also exhibit measurable lead levels in their blood, sometimes with fatal results. It’s not just the animal in the crosshairs that will die from the lead bullet, it’s the scavengers that clean up the mess after the kill that also suffers.