Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
H3 will return next week with an exciting update.
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total for the year is now up to 4948.
The rate of intakes has dropped dramatically in recent weeks, but we’re still on track to break all records for activity this year. We took in 178 animals in the last week, and if we take in just 1.75 (three quarters of a bird??) per day for the next 165 days, we will equal what we took in all of last year. With all this activity, and with all the pressure of accomplishing regular projects (TW@L, Nature News, Wing Beats, Volunteer picnic, etc.), plus gearing up for the move to a new facility, we are still refining and improving our operation to better provide for the animals and the volunteers who care for them. Here’s what happened last week…
From mammals to raptors, from herons to roadrunners, the intakes slow down but never stop. We’ve taken in a lot of small mammals – squirrels and other rodents – this year, along with various wading birds like herons and egrets, up to and including this osprey that was brought in last week with unknown issues. We are waiting for radiography reports now to determine his injuries. All patients, no matter the size or species, gets excellent evaluation and treatment while in our care.
The level of professional care provided has risen over time as now we have three veterinarians on hand most Tuesdays, plus some of the most highly experienced vet techs anywhere. In addition, there are eye doctors, surgeons, and other specialists that donate their time and equipment to help out as needed. An animal that is injured or orphaned in Arizona is extremely lucky if it finds its way to Liberty for help.
During the summer months (OK, in Arizona there are a LOT of summer months…), we don’t usually do many education presentations because it’s just too hot to transport the birds. With that in mind, last week Liberty Education volunteers Claudia, Lisa, and Wendy took several of our reptilian ambassadors up to a program at the Verde Canyon Railroad terminal. Its very important for people to learn about reptiles and how beneficial they are to the environment so they don’t react with “Where’s the shovel?” when they find one while outside. It’s good that kids learn that they are not just “cold-blooded”, they are COOL! Thanks to VCRR for providing this opportunity to get the message out!
Recently Liberty took in two turtles, one red-eared slider and one soft-shelled turtle, both of which were suspected to have ingested fishing hooks. When Dr. Sorum brought his portable X-ray machine out on Sunday, these suspicions were confirmed. Now the vets will have to decide on the best course of treatment since surgical removal presents its own dangers. But with the radiography in hand, the exact type of hook and the location within the animal are known and this knowledge can be a big help in determining how to proceed. The large white circle is the bowl used to support the animals and keep them from moving off the X-ray plate! (see the top photo)
Thanks to Ana Ramirez, Alex Stofko, Sara Wyckoff, Ellen Roberts and Dr. Sorum for contributing graphics to TW@L. I encourage anyone who has the time (and a camera!) to send stuff to me for the blog. I can’t do it all and I love showing off everybody else’s talents as often as possible!