This Week @ Liberty – September 29, 2014

Hoots, Howls, and HollersMegan and Phoenix 2

Social media is a mixed bag.  It is great to keep up with family in other towns and with friends you haven’t seen in years. It can send viral videos, jokes, or political messages far flung around the world.  It can be the source of hateful attacks by social media bullies…small minded meanies.  Like I said…it’s a mixed bag. I  have taken to it slowly and am not technically savvy enough to really do more than be a voyeur…But I must admit, it can most definitely be the source of great information spread quickly with just a click of a button.

With the good side in mind, Liberty Wildlife is moving towards using this device at our fingertips to keep you tuned in to the happenings spun out by our everyday activities.  We had originally joined the Facebook family when only individuals were allowed to participate…thus the Lady Liberty page, and you friended by the thousands.  Then in an effort to showcase our precious orphans we started the Baby Liberty page.  You friended by the thousands (who wouldn’t??).

Now we are concentrating our efforts on our business page, Liberty Wildlife, while consolidating all our efforts from the other two pages in one place.  Yes, you will only need to go to one spot to keep up with our busy-ness.  Please like us and keep checking us as there will be new things to see all of the time.

We plan to advertise our educational programs that are open to the public.  You will have many chances to see our educational ambassadors up close and personal.  You will be able to participate in public releases of our rehabilitated wildlife, watching a once injured, ill or orphan critter be returned to the wild…an occasion that can change you, and that you will not soon forget.

There will be more…charming, beautiful photographs, updates on animals introduced in our weekly blog (just in case you might wonder how the tortoise you saw one week might be doing now), or wildlife updates impacting our wildlife neighbors throughout the state, southwest or nation.

Come to our new and enhanced Liberty Wildlife Facebook page now and often. Like us and ask your friends and family to join in the fun.

And, in case you haven’t already done so, visit our website to easily pledge a penny or more for Birdies for Charity.  Help us be one of the 6 charities in the big tent again this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  It is so easy, and you don’t have to pay until spring when the Open is over and birdies are tallied.  Our message will be spread internationally…How great is that?

We need your Facebook attention; we need your Birdies pledges; we need your help!  You are a huge part of the solution…so do it now.

This Week @ Liberty

The intake total for the year is now at 4824.

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

As you can tell from the weekly numbers, the pace has dramatically slowed from a few months ago. It’s officially Fall now (although from the average temps, you might  not guess it!) and one of the wettest monsoons on record is probably nearing an end. Last Saturday another deluge hit, this time with strong winds which are most likely worse in terms of damage than the rising water in most cases. We were fortunate in not sustaining any major damage from the gusty conditions but the fear is always there – another reason to look forward to our new facility. Again, we took in a couple of injured non-native animals that were in critical need of care and we added a new member to our Educational Team of wildlife ambassadors and we toured some renewable energy facilities with whom we will be partnering to provide wildlife advice and medical care. Let’s take a look…

Jan and Donna work on TS Eliot (photo by Kim Marcchilaroli)

Jan and Donna trim an education kestrel (photo by Kim Marcchilaroli)

Craig and Jan clip talons on one of our GHOs (photo by Kim Marcchilaroli)

“Not too much off that one please!” (photo by Kim Marcchilaroli)

Four volunteers - no waiting (photo by Kim Marcchilaroli)

Four volunteers – no waiting (photo by Kim Marcchilaroli)

As permanent residents – and front line ambassadors to the public – our Education birds get a “Spa Day” prior to the beginning of each Education season. Last week, several volunteers helped Jan provide needed trimming, coping, and other cosmetic and general wellness treatments for our wonderful Ed birds. Some of them take it in stride, while others might not seem to fully appreciate the care that goes into their upkeep (think of an active four-year old getting a haircut!), but they all look and perform better after the work is accomplished.


Pregnant (is there another kind?!?) bunny is shy

Pregnant (is there another kind?!?) bunny is shy

(Sigh…) OK, another bunny arrived last week, this one is getting ready to have another clutch of babies. She is getting pre-natal care and as soon as she has her litter, the family will all be provided with the food, safety, and love they require for a healthy family of cottontails.

Jan wraps a mockingbird wing

Jan wraps a mockingbird wing

It’s not just the big birds that get the professional care at Liberty, it’s ALL the animals, including this little mockingbird with an injured wing. It takes a sturdy hand and a caring heart to skillfully wrap the small wings and legs that sometimes end up injured by cats – and dogs – and kids – as they try their best to survive in a world of human activity.

A new BuOw comes in

Tony and Jan examine a newly arrived BuOw.

No obvious breaks

No obvious breaks

My third rescue of the week was this little burrowing owl that was the victim of an apparent cat attack on the south side of Maricopa (the town, not the county!) Presenting symptoms of a possible shoulder injury, the bird is doing well considering all it has been thorough and hopefully is on the road to eventual release.


Unfortunate leopard tortoise is injured by a travel trailer

Unfortunate leopard tortoise is injured by a travel trailer

First step is a betadine bath

Denise and Tim lift her into a betadine solution

Its a full team effort to provide a comforting bandage

Its a full team effort to provide a comforting bandage

Denise administers fluids

Denise administers fluids

Our general policy is not to use resources on lost pets – BUT –  when we rescue a stray or escaped exotic animal needing medical care, we never turn them away. Last week I drove to the southeast corner of Gilbert after a call from the hotline about an injured tortoise. It seems a couple was in the process of loading their travel trailer prior to moving to Queen Creek and unbeknownst to the man, a leopard tortoise had hidden under the wheels of the trailer. This beautiful native of sub-Saharan Africa must have been somebody’s pet that had gotten free and wandered into the desert. When the trailer was moved, the wheels crushed the unlucky chelonian and severely damaged it’s carapace (shell). Extraordinary efforts were applied trying to save the animal by the Med Services team but when photos of the damage (not posted due to their graphic nature) were sent to Dr. Driggers, he sadly told us that nothing could be done for her and she was carefully and gently euthanized later that morning. We can’t save everything that arrives here, but nothing that comes to us is allowed to die violently, alone and afraid.


Snape - our new educational California King snake

Snape – our new educational California King snake

A handsome guy - even with cataracts

A handsome guy – even with cataracts

The Education Team expanded recently as we acquired a new California King snake. Not that the animal is new – he’s in fact quite mature – but is a nice addition to our educational reptile collection. Old enough to have developed cataracts, Snape, as he was named, is very large for a captive California King and has been in captivity for a long time. He will make an excellent ambassador for his species and will make many new friends for snakes in general over his tenure at Liberty!


A new partner

A new partner

We tour a solar farm in the southeast valley

We tour a solar farm at Copper Crossing in the southeast valley

Rodents can be a problem

Rodents can be a problem

Just a small part of the wind installation

Just a small part of the wind installation at Dry Lake north of Snowflake

Nina, Jennifer, and Leslie get briefed by Jerry

Nina, Jennifer (APS), and Leslie (SRP) get briefed by Jerry (Iberdrola)

These turbines are BIG!

These turbines are BIG!

Old wind power meets new wind power...

Old wind power, meet new wind power!

Providing wildlife consultation to power companies for several years, we recently began to develop a partnership with Iberdrola Renewables , a large multinational energy company that sets up solar and wind farms across the planet. As with all technology, there are sometimes new interfaces with the natural world that require mitigation and wind and solar power are no exception. Iberdrola fully recognizes and appreciates the impact their equipment makes on the wildlife that shares the land they use and works very hard to minimize the negative interactions of renewable power generation with native and migratory wildlife. Rather than be reactive, they sought us out to partner with them in an effort to provide wildlife expertise and, when necessary, medical help for any animal that is inured by contact with wind or solar generating equipment. Nina, our Lead Wildlife Biologist, and I toured their two local facilities last week to learn more about their efforts to move us away from dependence on fossil fuels and towards a more sustainable power grid with minimal negative impact on wildlife. We will help train their field personnel in species recognition and provide advice and support on natural solutions to the new and unique issues this technology presents. They are trying hard to be good neighbors and we want to aid in that goal.

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