This Week @ Liberty – April 13, 2015

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby

Megan Mosby

This is my favorite time of year.  Every turn in the out of doors is eye-popping, and it seems this year is exceptional.  The palo verdes are resplendent.  Driving down my street has turned into a yellow tunnel, and it is a buzz with bees….just magical.

Added to the palo verdes are the mesquites with their caterpillar like catkins…yellow.  Then there steps into the scene, the fuzz balls on the creosote…yellow.  The brittle bush pushes its blossoms forward to the sky, all proud and screaming…yellow.  Let’s not forget the desert marigold swaying in the breeze fighting for attention…yellow.

It is splendid.  The crispness in the air combined with the desert aridness, and I am in heaven.  Not to be out done the cacti to start making statements about the season and buds are peeking out ready to burst into being and yes, many of them are yellow.

Maybe yellow doesn’t please you as much as it does me…not to worry.  The bougainvillea is standing by to take your breath away.  Many of the cacti will appear in yellows, whites, reds, pinks and oranges.  There is something for everyone.  The hummingbirds and bees are busy as, well like bees, grabbing nectar and pollen to feed babies and pollinate other plants…what a bountiful time.

While I am on the subject of a bountiful time (okay, a risky transition), let’s not forget that our annual fundraiser, Wishes for Wildlife is just about three weeks away.  Oh my!  Plans are enthusiastically racing toward May 2nd. The evening should be delightful.  It is not too late, however, for you to join in the fun.  Items can still be donated to our beautiful silent auction and our super silent auction.  We wow the guests with great items, many that can’t be gotten anywhere else…surprises galore and something to make every heart sing.

There will be trips including one to England and other inter and intra- continental destinations, garden goodies as always, unique and collectible items, restaurants, cooking classes, chefs in your home, and a not to be missed wonderful up river wildlife tour in a stunning house boat, Out of the Blue, replete with a naturalist and other surprises.  The seats are limited on that tour so plan to get your spot as soon as possible.

You can still buy tickets, tables or just donate to support our mission.  It is all very simple to do.  Go to www.wishesforwildlife.org   to get involved.  Do your part to support our mission and have a great time doing it.  This is a win-win situation for everyone.

This Week @ Liberty

The intake total for the year is now up to 864.

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The level of activity always builds right before Wishes for Wildlife and this year is no exception. Animals, especially orphans, are streaming in the window and from rescue team and all the volunteers are gearing up for the next few m months which will certainly be hectic. This week’s update has a couple of interesting intakes and look at some of the babies in the OC area and the volunteers who are being trained to take care of them until they can be released. This week we also got some help from the Superstition Fire Department and we want to thank the crew that helped out. Let’s take a look…

Anita and Cheyenne examine a new GHO

Anita and Cheyenne examine a new GHO

Joanie looks pleased with the progress of a red tail

Joanie looks pleased with the progress of a red tail

Jan and Joanie check a HaHa wing

Jan and Joanie check a HaHa wing

The people on the Med Services team are working hard to keep up with the intake of injured animals as Spring progresses. New patients show up constantly with gun shot wounds, electrical burns, automobile collisions, poisonings – all the usual suspects. Add to this the several times a day feeding and care for the male California condor and it’s a busy scene in the ICU.

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OC slowly comes to life

OC slowly comes to life

Learning the skill of tubing

Learning the skill of tubing

Joanna feeds a gaper

Joanna feeds a gaper

"So how much do I weigh?"

“So how much do I weigh?”

The biggest increase in activity is, of course, in Orphan Care. Between baby birds and baby bunnies, the door never stops swinging, and each buzz of the doorbell alarm means another patient has arrived. The volunteers are inspirational in their dedication to the cause of helping these little creatures reach an age and size when they can be turned loose into the environment and live as they were intended.

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Jess and Andrea administrer WNV vaccine

Jesse and Andrea administer WNV vaccine

Of course, the non-releasables are also cared for continually throughout their lives. Last week the permanent residents got their annual West Nile virus inoculations which we hope keep them from contracting this particular disease which has reached Arizona a while back. The vaccine is donated by our own Dr. Mike Sorum and we thank him for providing this life saving medicine.

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House finch on a sticky trap

House finch on a sticky trap

Finally free

Finally free

I don’t know how many times we have to say it, but sticky traps are horrible!! They are extremely general in targeting and there is far more “bycatch” than what most people have in mind when they put these things out. Usually they are intended for certain insects or certain rodents, but people don’t give a thought that anything and everything that happens to touch them is going to get stuck. This is especially true of bugs as the animals that eat the bugs stuck in the glue (namely birds) now come down to dine on an immobilized prey, only to find themselves hopelessly trapped and headed for sure death themselves. Bottom line: DON’T USE THESE THINGS!!!!

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Rescue 40ft up

Rescue 40ft up

What the neighbors saw from the ground

What the neighbors saw from the ground

Gotta love the firemen

Gotta love the firemen

"Going up!"

“Going up!”

Mom is watching as we approach

Mom is watching as we approach

Three scared little owls

Three scared little owls

In the ICU as treatment begins

In the ICU as treatment begins

Last week I got a call from the hotline that there was a baby owl with his leg caught in a nest in Apache Junction. The manager of the trailer court had been watching the nest and he and some neighbors noticed a leg of one of the babies hanging down – for three days! He arranged for the Superstition Fire Department Ladder 263 crew to meet me at the base of the palm tree. They took me up 40ft to the nest and I was able to extract the unlucky baby who had stuck his leg through a hole in one of the fronds. His leg appeared to have some trauma so I brought the injured one to Liberty for examination and care, leaving the other two babies who looked to be fine.  A big “Thank You” to the park manager and to the firemen who were most helpful!

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Hydrotherapy for the golden eagle

Hydrotherapy for the golden eagle

The golden eagle with the broken pelvis and wing is doing better. Last week I looked in on her and she was sitting in her water tub, enjoying some “hydrotherapy” as she recuperates. She still has a way to go, but any progress is good after a car collision.

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5 Responses to This Week @ Liberty – April 13, 2015

  1. Laura Bathel says:

    Thank you! THANK YOU Superstition Fire Department for you marvelous act of caring and kindness for the baby GHO. The time you spent saving the baby is so appreciated . Blessings to you.

  2. Pam Kohnken says:

    Those glue traps are awful but a quick way to help the trapped critter is to drop some vegetable oil in the trap and gently rotate the trap so all 4 sides are covered with oil. This will loosen the glue and the bird or critter can be gently removed without loss of feathers, feet, etc. If you do see serious injury however it is always good to bring it to LW to be checked out.

    • tstevens says:

      Thanks Pam. You do a wonderful job on the hotline!
      It’s probably best if the animal is brought in. Cleaning a sticky – and now OILY bird or other animal can be tricky and very stressful for both the rescuer and the “rescuee.”

  3. LaRee Castorena says:

    We are trying to find out information on an owl brought to you by Critter Getter. It was found injured at Salk Elementary in Mesa AZ. The children at Salk would like to know how the owl is doing.

    • tstevens says:

      Wow! We really appreciate the effort you made to get the owl to us, but it’s really difficult to check on specific animals. If you’re reading the blog regularly, you can see we have taken in over 1,000 animals already this year. If you knew the exact date and time the animal came in, the species of owl, and possibly the injury it had, we might be able to look it up. Normally we aren’t able to take time away from caring for new animals to research the status of previous intakes, but if you send me the specifics (terrys@libertywildlife.org) I’ll do my best to check for you. (I have been rescuing for over 25 years now and I found it’s usually better not to check on things as it can get discouraging, but I do understand the kids wanting to know.)

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