This Week @ Liberty – March 23, 2015

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby

Megan Mosby

This is such a busy time, and it is only going to get busier.  Last week we provided Intersession classrooms for the Phoenix Elementary School District to the students who weren’t able to take a spring break.  It was not only educational; it was very, very fun.  The students participated in what I refer to as a “gateway” science experience….learning dreaded science the fun way…leading to a desire to study science in the future.

Classes utilized our stellar educators and our unforgettable wildlife ambassadors, but that wasn’t all.  There were creative and fun activities that reinforced all of the “learning” activities, and by the end of the week the impressive amount of “learned” information would wow the most difficult to impress!

Utilizing activities that reinforced knowledge of adaptations, observations, and natural history with a blend and mix of environmental science and basic engineering, the students learned to fly airplanes based on the differences in “wing design” so that the falcon type wing was fastest and went the greatest distance as opposed to the wide flapping vulture wing that managed to stay aloft the longest.

Using binoculars encouraged each student to identify what was “trash” in the school yard and what was a “natural” leaving of nature.  The ability to start to notice natural things by long distance observation allowed the curious students to see birds, nests, eggs, snake skins, cactus boots, and other signs of nature from a distance, not interfering with any natural processes.  They were pretty amazing to watch!  I think a number of new young naturalists are in our future.  We could even watch the young explorers go from noticing the sounds of traffic or other kids’ voices to the more acute tuning into the wind in the trees and sounds of neighborhood birds… the finer sounds of the wild.

Another super event was our annual Baby Bird Shower at Cactus Park on last Saturday morning.  There were games for the kids, animals to see, educational exhibits, and the ability to sign up to volunteer for a shift to care for the thousands of babies arriving just about now.  It isn’t too late to sign up if you had to miss the event.  Go to www.libertywildlife.org to sign up to volunteer.  You won’t be sorry.

While all of this was happening preparations were being made for this year’s Wishes for Wildlife which you will be hearing about in the future…but for now, put May 2nd on your calendars for a beautiful event to support our mission.  If you are unable to attend, you might have an excellent item to donate to our auction.  If you go to www.wishesforwildlife.org you can follow our plans, buy a ticket or a table, make an auction item donation or just send in a monetary donation in support.

Finally, as if this weren’t enough, don’t forget our next Meetup to Clean up for Wildlife.  The event will be April 11 at 4:00 at the Anthem Community Park.  Check it out at www.meetup.com; sign up to help; see you there!

Whew…whirlwind of energy….all to help wildlife, to learn about our natural world, to make a difference!

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 472.

Last week was rife with educational programs, some very large, some not so much, but all were important. The “snow bank” bald eagle was released and another bald eagle was a brought in. But by far the biggest activity of the past week was EDUCATION! In the last 7 days, Liberty did 21 presentations around the valley. These included our annual Baby Bird Baby Shower kicking off Orphan Care Season last Saturday which was a resounding success, and the week long Spring Intersession for the Phoenix School Peer Club. This was the second time we did this and they get better each time we do it. I tried to include some representative photos  below, so let’s jump right into the Education Week that Was…

Jan releases the Snow Bank Bald Eagle (photo by  Jake Bacon, AZ Daily Sun)

Jan releases the Snow Bank Bald Eagle (photo by Jake Bacon, AZ Daily Sun)

The bald eagle that crashed into a snow bank near Lake Mary recently was taken back and released last week. Joe and Jan took the bird back north where its return home was covered by the Flagstaff newspaper, the Arizona Daily Sun.  The family that actually saw the accident and rescued the downed eagle was also on hand to participate in the release. You can read more about it and see a video by clicking HERE!

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Linda presents Lance at San Tan Mountain Regional  Park

Linda presents Lance at San Tan Mountain Regional Park (photo by Kelly Virtanen)

Marco and Acoma at San Tan Mtn.

Marco and Acoma at San Tan Mtn. (photo by Kelly Virtanen)

One of the many shows Liberty did last week was at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Linda Scott, our Education Coordinator, presented to about 100 visitors along with Education volunteers Kelly and Marko Virtanen.

Stacey does a great job at the BBBS (photo by Dr. Orr)

Stacey does a great job with Soren at the BBBS (photo by Dr. Orr)

Donna explains how vultures work (photo by Dr. Orr)

Donna explains how kestrels work (photo by Dr. Orr)

Tim introduces Diego to a small fan (photo by Dr. Orr)

Tim introduces Diego to a small fan (photo by Dr. Orr)

Milk carton bird feeders

Milk carton bird feeders on display (photo by Carol Suits)

Kids who care about nature - and baby birds! (photo by Carol Suits)

OK, so maybe baby birds aren’t the cutest things in the world… (photo by Carol Suits)

OK, so this is why the pictures are all by other Liberty people - including our esteemed founder! (photo by Dr. Orr)

So now you know why the pictures are all by other Liberty people – including our esteemed founder! (photo by Dr. Orr)

The annual Baby Bird Baby Shower was a hugely popular event on Saturday. Susie Vaught did an outstanding job putting the program together as a kick-off to this year’s baby bird season and the official opening of Orphan Care 2015.

Ace is always a hit

Ace is always a hit

Tim presents Darwin (pre-egg!)

Tim presents Darwin (pre-egg!)

Instant owl

Instant owl

Kathy H shows the kids that even snakes need friends

Kathy H shows the kids that even snakes need friends

Carol helps the kids learn to observe

Carol helps the kids learn to observe

Sandra presents a kestrel

Sandra presents a kestrel

The program coordinator Sam does the release on Friday

The program coordinator Sam does the release on Friday

As we’ve said before the school intersessions are a lot of work, but they are a lot of fun too.  It’s four days of back-to-back presentations to dozens of kids from Kindergarten through 8th grade and one day of recap and a final class with two eagles before the release. The kids have a good time and really seem to learn a lot.  At the start of each class, they are quizzed on what the remembered from the previous session and I was amazed at how much they retained, probably because it’s easier to learn when you’re having fun while doing it!

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We need your help. This is ONLY a survey. There are NO WRONG answers – just say what you think! Pick one answer (and only ONE) to these questions and list them by number on another sheet (or this one if you prefer). Please e-mail them to me As soon as possible at: Buteo9@mac.com

  1. Name a common bird of prey in North America
  2. Name one normal activity for a volunteer at Liberty Wildlife
  3. What piece of equipment do we need at the new Liberty Wildlife facility that we don’t have now
  4. Name a reason for becoming a Liberty Wildlife volunteer
  5. Name a common animal that we take in for rehabilitation
  6. What is a common question you might hear asked by a child at a Liberty Wildlife school presentation
  7. What will Liberty Wildlife be able to do at the new facility that we have a difficult time doing at the present location
  8. Name a large animal Liberty Wildlife has taken in for care
  9. What is the oldest animal currently in residence at Liberty Wildlife
  10. Name a species of owl other than the Great Horned owl
  11. Name a specie of falcon found in Arizona
  12. Name a prey species for a red tail hawk
  13. Name one publication that is put out by Liberty Wildlife
  14. Name one thing Liberty Wildlife does besides providing medical care for injured animals
  15. Name a common human caused injury treated at Liberty Wildlife
  16. Name an important way you can help Liberty Wildlife
  17. Name a disgusting (or unusual) thing a turkey vulture does
  18. Name an interesting adaptation found in the great horned owl
  19. Name something that animals can get trapped in and need to be rescued by Liberty Wildlife volunteers
  20. Name a construction method that contributes to sustainability that can be used in Liberty’s new facility
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2 Responses to This Week @ Liberty – March 23, 2015

  1. Ettienne Martin says:

    I am a volunteer-rescue and transport, so that kind of volunteer that is not really THERE at Liberty. I had no idea Liberty Wildlife did ALL of these activities, including the educational programs for kids. The work you do is wonderful and priceless to our new care givers of the future. Understanding about an animal and hands on is the best way to greater appreciation. I see the passion in the volunteer eyes and that they feel what they are doing matters. YES, it does.

  2. Gail says:

    The curriculum items for the intersession sound fantastic! What a great program. It is wonderful to see all the ways that Liberty Wildlife interacts with the community. Keep up the great work!

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