As I have mentioned many times before, our esteemed Education Team goes above and beyond the call of duty to educate the public about the beauty and benefits of our native wildlife neighbors. We receive many responses from young and old extolling the jobs that they do. Last week was no exception, and it exemplified the extremes of responses…from glowing to downright glowingly hysterical. Here are examples of both.
The first came from a teacher who wanted us to know how wonderful Joe Miller and Aurora (like we didn’t know that already, but it was good to hear it again) were at a school presentation celebrating Veterans’ Day: Here is what she said:
Wow! What an amazing morning we had with Joe Miller and Aurora. We had Joe out to our school Terramar Elementary, on Thursday November 20th for our Veterans Day Assembly. The Veterans Assembly started with Joe and Aurora in our library with our Veteran guests in a more intimate environment. He was able to give information and answer questions. After all our students were ready for the assembly to begin waiting on the basketball courts, Aurora and Joe led the Veterans to the Saber team to be honored as they walked through to be seated. After our assembly, Veterans and their families were able to take pictures with Joe and Aurora.
Joe was a spectacular handler and eager and willing to answer all questions. All our students were in awe as I am sure most of them had never seen a Bald Eagle up close.
It was an honor to have Joe and Aurora at our assembly and I can only hope that he will come back next year for our 2015 Veterans Day Assembly.
Please pass on my thank you to Joe Miller.
Thank you so very much and have a fantastic Thanksgiving.
This was so adult and totally well-received. And, then there is the other extreme that will take a little explaining. Obviously this is from a student who had the great fortune to have Carol and Cecile present to their class. The student clearly recognized how “smart” they were even if they were “old” (and they aren’t). My favorite part is that the student heard an enchanting fact that needs some interpretation. The last sentence, “I learned that a bird that has dots is on email. Now we all know Cecil and Carol didn’t say that. They explained that often the species of bird they were showing is identified as a female if it is has “dots” on its feathering. Is on email, is a female…well maybe? Interesting what we hear based on our perspective…hmmmmmmmmmm, a lesson learned by all of us.
We have a plethora of endearing, heart-warming, provocative, impressive and yes, funny, thank yous….all well-deserved….some more impressive than others, some funnier than others…“Dear Carol and Cecile, Thank you for bringing the animals. You are very good learnears. You are smart even thow you’r old but you’r so so so smart. My favorite part was the owl and what I learned that a bird that has dots is an email”
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total for the year has reached 5055.
OK, we’re approaching the holidays and things (except for Education) are winding down a bit. The two eagles in the flight enclosures are getting ready to be released and are building their endurance for that event. We are seeing an influx of juvenile birds that are coming in with injuries sustained from collisions and emaciation – in short, the usual things young birds suffer in their first year. Two little owls are now in our care, and Grandpa’s X-ray shows he has a geriatric ailment that will keep him up for the winter. And speaking of age related problems, Apache was having some difficulties last week and was brought inside for warmth and observation – another member of Liberty’s AARP (Advanced Age Raptor Population.) He is doing better and seems to be enjoying the attention. And, since Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, I have put in a link to a Thanksgiving video I posted 7 years ago tomorrow. I hope everybody enjoys their holiday!
Two early fledging bald eagles have been with us for a few months and are nearing release. They have been in the big (60ft) flight enclosures and have been learning how to find their own food for several weeks now. We have been advised that on Wednesday this week, they will be taken up to a spot near Horseshoe Reservoir and released by AZGFD. Two more Bald Eagle success stories in the annals of Liberty Wildlife!
All of the birds we care for from the Education Team to a couple of young (first year) red tail hawks currently in treatment, periodically need to have their beaks and talons trimmed and honed to the proper shape as sometimes in captivity, these “tools of the trade” become overgrown. In the case of wild birds that are candidates for release, this gives them the best advantage as they meet the world on their own. For the Educational birds, it is just a question of routine maintenance.
I made another trip to Tucson last week to pick up this little RTH from our friend and operative Christy Van Cleve in Sierra Vista. She found the bird on it’s back in a park and made the call to Liberty. It appears the hawk is just a kid who was not very successful as a hunter and required some dietary rehabilitation. The patient is doing well and will go outside very soon.
Another young red tail arrived last Sunday presenting a fractured humerus (see the X-ray) as well as being involved with some more of the sticky oil that affected another RTH the previous week. Dr. Sorum was on hand with his portable digital X-ray unit which showed the extent of the injury better than any other diagnostic technique. Now, the proper treatment can be prescribed.
Grandpa, our 20+ year old education tortoise was recently diagnosed with a bladder stone. He has had these before, but this time we were able to confirm the presence of the stone and determine the treatment for it. Surgery will soon be scheduled to remove the stone with the only downside that he will not be hibernating this winter and will most likely be kept inside until next summer.
Two little owls showed up recently, a Northern Pygmy owl, and a Saw-Whet. This demonstrates once and for all that: A) Most owls in Arizona are small and, B) On a cuteness scale of 1-10, 1 being butt ugly and 10 being the cutest thing in the world, these guys are a 13. Both are doing fine!
And on that thought, here’s a shot of one of our own little burrowing owls, Frieda, going to a show in one of our “Sponsor Recognition Carriers” recently. Now the world can see who is helping us get the word out.
Apache, our senior golden eagle (well, actually, our senior Eagle!) recently exhibited some signs of his advanced age. We brought him inside to keep warm on these cooler nights. He is doing fine and was outside with Joe enjoying the sunshine yesterday. A few years ago, we had a segment for “My favorite bird at Liberty” in the Nature News and Apache was everybody’s favorite, hands down!
Happy Thanksgiving from TW@L! click this link for the video from November 25, 2007!