This Week @ Liberty – July 20, 2015

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan is doing "Important Stuff"

Megan is doing “Important Stuff” today…

H3 will return next week with an exciting update.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

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…

Still treating baby squirrels (photo by Ana Ramirez)

Still treating baby squirrels (photo by Ana Ramirez)

A little heron is examined (photo by Ana Ramirez)

A little heron is examined (photo by Ana Ramirez)

Baby egret is checked by Dr. Becker

Baby egret is checked by Dr. Becker

Young roadrunner is rescued

Young roadrunner is rescued

A beautiful osprey comes in

A beautiful osprey comes in

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.

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Young RTH gets the "Dual vet" treatment.

Young RTH gets the “Dual vet” treatment.

Dr. Becker holds a young screech

Dr. Becker holds a young screech

Jan and Sharon band a young cooper's hawk

Jan and Sharon band a young cooper’s hawk

GHO waits for treatment from Stevie (photo by Ana Ramirez)

GHO waits for treatment from Stevie (photo by Ana Ramirez)

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.

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Reptile Day at the VCRR (photo by Ellen Roberts)

Lisa and Claudia hold snakes at Reptile Day at the VCRR (photo by Ellen Roberts)

You don't have to be an eagle to be a star (photo by Ellen Roberts)

Wendy shows you don’t have to be an eagle to be a star (photo by Ellen Roberts)

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!

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Softshell getting x-rayed (photo by Sara Wykoff)

Softshell turtle getting x-rayed (photo by Sara Wyckoff)

The hook shows up well in the x-ray

The hook shows up well in the x-ray (The white circle is the bowl used to support and stabilize.)

Red Eared Slider trailing fishing line (photo by Alex Stofko)

Red Eared Slider trailing fishing line (photo by Alex Stofko)

The line leads to a hook that has been ingested

The line leads to a hook that has been ingested (X-rays by Dr. Mike Sorum)

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)

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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!

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One Response to This Week @ Liberty – July 20, 2015

  1. Megan Mosby says:

    The osprey is stunning!

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