Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
Happy New Year to all of you! And, many thanks to those of you who stepped forward to pledge to our Birdies for Charity campaign and to you who remembered us financially during the past year. The outcome of the Birdie Campaign will follow next week.
I was pondering the coming of the New Year. I am not too big on resolutions, but I did stumble across a fairly esoteric thought on hopes for 2015. I read a prophecy from South America that seems like an appropriate message to contemplate for the upcoming year. Get ready…it is a big one! And, it might be just a bit too airy-fairy…but I am sticking to it.
This ancient prophecy from the indigenous people of the Amazon goes something like this. The universe is basically divided into two main groups of people: the eagles and the condors. (We are currently rehabbing each of these species at Liberty Wildlife…so it seems significant to me…)
The eagle people at this point in time have reached the zenith in perceiving things through the use of their minds. They have solved complicated problems; they have invented ways to technically perceive the world; they have made huge strides in scientific achievements. They are currently people like us who see the world mainly through the miracles of the mind. This group of achievers is wealthy, materially bountiful and scientifically innovative but perhaps a bit out of balance…perhaps to their peril.
The other category referred to in the prophecy is the condor group. The condor people are represented by the indigenous people of the world who are mainly characterized by the use of their five senses and intuition. They too, have reached a pinnacle in their capacity to interact with their world, utilizing the knowledge of and relationships with their kin, their plants, and their animals, primarily using their senses and intuitions…their hearts. Unlike the eagle people they are heart wealthy, but materially impoverished…perhaps to their peril.
The prophecy continues with the notion that we have reached a very special period of time when the condor and the eagle will start to remember that they are one. With this remembrance they will realize that they can both share the same sky…that they can unite and fly off together bringing the world back into balance…to the ultimate benefit of both eagle and condor people…and to the ultimate benefit of the planet.
Now you will totally recognize the elements of the myth-like prophecy, but who amongst us doesn’t think it would be a wonderful prophecy for the upcoming year? Uniting the heart and the mind, restoring the balance, seems to be the ticket that we need as we move forward in time…let’s release our inner condor and inner eagle to share the same sky for the upcoming year and future. For 2015 let’s work to gain and maintain a balance. Sounds like a plan to me.
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total for the year 2014 ended up at 5214 – a new record!
The intake for the new year is now at 19.
We’re baaaaack, and I hope everyone had a great holiday season! The weather has been COLD during the past weeks, and I hope everyone remembers the chilly temps when July rolls around. The year is starting off with a bang as condor 455 continues her treatment for lead poisoning and a young bald eagle from the Oak Creek nest that had recently been released came in for some additional evaluation. Thanks to all you wonderful folks who joined with Liberty and contributed to the Birdies for Charity campaign! We’ll let you know how we fared when the final results are tallied by the administrators of the program.
Another young raccoon showed up last week and is in residence in the north side run. I actually met somebody during the holiday break who was unaware that we had raccoons in Arizona! If people only knew how many of these little guys are out there, they might be surprised. Hopefully this one will get to be released soon.
When condor 455 first came in, it was hoped she could go through the chelation treatment without the rigors of surgery, but though her lead levels were dropping slightly after the initial round, Dr. Orr decided it was necessary. Last week, with the assistance of Jan, Alex, and Rebecca, and the help of Anita and myself, the bird’s crop was opened and cleaned, then sewn open. This leaves access to the stomach through which a slurry of high protein, high calorie food is pumped in. This by-passes the crop which is inactive due to the effects of the lead poisoning. Now one of the biggest challenges is to get her weight back up as the level of lead in her blood drops. When the crop again begins to function, it will be closed surgically and she will be ready to return to the skies north of the Canyon, hopefully to join the breeding population next year.
The Eagle Management team at AZGFD recently released a young bald eagle that had been banded after prematurely leaving his nest. He was released up near Horseshoe Reservoir and unlike most balds released in that area, he flew south, ending up over 250 miles away in the town of Wilcox. He was then recaptured by a Wildlife Management officer who said the bird was being fed by some kids in the town. I made the 5 hour round-trip drive last Saturday and brought him back to Liberty for evaluation and rehabilitation. Among other things, he appeared dramatically underfed, weighing in at only 5 1/2 pounds.