Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
Our esteemed Education Team did us proud once again at the Waste Management Phoenix Open…and the sun did shine! See TW@L for photos from the event.
Keeping with that theme the Education Team statistics are hot off the press and they are once again most impressive. Check them out:
|Number of program requests received||460|
|Total number of programs provided (a program request may ask for several programs during the same day)||775|
|Total number of hours of programs presented||931.63|
|Total program miles starting at Liberty and returning to Liberty||28, 456.3|
|Total miles driven by volunteers to provide programs||58,681.10|
|Number of Education volunteers in 2014||65|
|Number of Education volunteers who did a program in 2014||55|
This is just a summary of the statistics. Max Bessler, our scheduler and filler of programs, has done a fantastic job of compiling impressive feats of this group. He has lengthy columns of numbers of programs provided by each of the volunteers, by each of the educational animals, by each of the program coordinators. He has enumerated the number of booth settings, school programs, media educational experiences and just about any other relevant number. It makes it so easy to justify our claims of excellence and hard work by this impressive group of volunteers.
I do need to mention that Joe and Jan Miller get the award for doing the most programs but there are others nipping at their heels. This is such a hard-working and dedicated group of people that I just can’t say enough about them…but thank you, thank you, thank you. How lucky Liberty Wildlife is to have such a wonderful group of stars…both human and wildlife.
Here’s to continued learning….we can never know it all…but let’s keep trying.
This Week @Liberty
The intake total for the year is now up to 122.
Happy Ground Hog Day to everyone! The week started off slow, but reached a crescendo as Super Bowl Sunday approached and the rains and fog blew in. It was a big weekend for programs and a couple of them are highlighted in this update. There are also some updates on the continuing treatment of a couple of patients and hopefully everyone will appreciate us taking down the Birdies for Charity pop-up as you log in to the website! Thanks to everyone who signed up for this more-than-worthy cause.
The three young raccoons living in the mammal area are growing up strong and healthy. The three little guys are headed for release fairly soon as soon as they are totally able to fend for themselves in the wild.
The duck with the fishing line injury to it’s leg is improving but a complication arose with blood and fluid accumulating in her foot. Dr. Wyman was on hand to address that issue and then her leg and foot were wrapped which seemed to produce a positive effect on the bird. She is again outside and we have hopes she will eventually regain use of the leg and foot.
The male California condor that recently came in is recovering from his surgery and is now starting to eat on his own little-by-little. He seems to enjoy his diet of calve’s liver and deer meat and is doing well over-all. The female, #455, is now also doing well, gaining weight and regaining her spirit. Alex says that they hope to close her crop by the week’s end.
We received a tiny cottontail last week who presented an apparently injured abdomen. The torn skin and tissue might have been caused by a scrape on a sharp object, but could easily have been the result of a cat attack. Bunnies have very thin skin and present a challenge as to the repair required, but luckily Dr. Wyman again proved to be absolutely masterful when it comes to suturing damaged tissue (see TW@L Dec. 8). Last Tuesday was a good time to be at Liberty needing the skill of a talented veterinarian.
Last Sunday was cold, damp, and very foggy! I headed down to the Superb Owl 5K run with Tim and Lindsey to present a Liberty contingent of owls for the runners and fans. Diego and Snickers were stars and performed well, wowing the kids of all ages. The event was well “run” (no pun here) and had a couple of Liberty volunteers in the race. The birds seemed happy to pose with anyone who showed an interest in wildlife in general, and owls in particular. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Once again, Liberty presented an educational display on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After two days of inclement weather, the rain and fog finally gave way to blue skies and the crowds arrived. A variety of local birds of prey were introduced to the public who seemed thrilled to be educated about their state wildlife. Listening to comments by people walking from the event, we were struck by the impact Liberty’s birds had on those attending who were not discussing golf at all, but the amazement they felt at seeing a bald eagle up close!
At a recent Don’s Club weekly kids’ outing in the Superstition Mountains, volunteers Claudia Kirscher and Kim Macchiaroli did the normal series of presentations to the various groups of area children. But in addition to the usual displays, they also released a pair of peregrine falcons that Liberty had rehabilitated after injury. The two birds, a male and female, flew up into the cliffs above the site, joined in formation, and flew off into the mountains together. Not many education presentations provide such a touching finale! Nice job, Claudia and Kim!