This Week @ Liberty – October 19, 2015

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby

Megan Mosby

I have a few reminders for you.  Please read on. You may be weary of fund drives if you listen to NPR like I do.  But, I am going to risk it and hope that you continue to read.  There are some easy ways for you to help us continue to work for you and for our wildlife neighbors…and it does take all of us to be involved to make the community and ultimately our world a better place.

  • Remember that you can pledge as little as a penny per birdie at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Go to www.BirdiesforCharityAZ.com and make your voice heard through your pledge.  It is very simple and you pay nothing until the birdies are counted at the Open.  It is so easy, and it will help us make it to the big tent where we will be able to spread our mission internationally.  We have been a huge hit for the past three years…help us get back again this year.
  • When you have the need to order something from Amazon, be sure you go to Amazon Smile and choose Liberty Wildlife as your charity to support.  You can create an account at www.amazon.com.  Shop away and .5% of your dollars will be credited to Liberty Wildlife.
  • While you are at Amazon check out our “Wish List registry” to supply us with items we need which will be sent to us directly.
  • If you use a search engine, consider GoodSearch.  Open an account and select Liberty Wildlife as the charity you want to support.  Search away and benefit us!
  • Locally Fry’s Food Community Rewards Program is yet another easy way to help.  It is so easy to create an account and shop while supporting our community services.  The bottom of your receipt will indicate that your contribution will go to Liberty Wildlife.

Face it folks.  We cannot do this without your participation!  Face it we need you!  Face it our wildlife needs you!  Face it our world needs you!  Take some action right now.  Go to Birdies for Charity and make your pledge.  Here are four other easy ways to help.  Make a commitment right now!  You can and will make a difference.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intakes for the year now total 6198.

Well, it’s the past the middle of October and the Monsoon has officially ended – so why do we still have temps in the low 100’s and a haboob rushing up from Ahwatukee on Friday? (It can’t be climate change since that’s just an environmentalist plot!) In any case, the weather has been “changeable” at best and this might explain some of the off-season breeding we’ve seen lately. We took in some interesting patients this week, plus a surgical procedure was performed on a male kestrel that might join our education team in the future. Speaking of Education, the season has begun and presentations are going on almost daily around the valley. And even with all the recent storm activity, the new facility is progressing as the photos will show. It’s all coming together…!

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Baby goldfinch

Baby goldfinch

Even the smallest birds need fluids

Even the smallest birds need fluids

Will the arrival of baby birds never end this year?  Probably not, as evidenced by this tiny nestling gold finch. He’s hanging in there after being found on the ground by a gentleman who brought him to our window a few days ago. The Med Services team is caring for the little guy and as fragile as he seemed on arrival, he appears to be improving slowly.  Our work never stops as long as the animals keep breeding!

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Dr. Sorum holds a Wilson's snipe

Dr. Sorum holds a Wilson’s snipe

Contrary to popular legend, there really is a snipe! The Wilson’s snipe is a widely dispersed shore bird with crypsis plumage and a long bill. This particular example presented a fractured wing and is now in our care until he recovers.

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Its a female kingfisher - is that a "Queenfisher"?

Its a female kingfisher – is that a “Queenfisher”?

Dr.Orr explains how their toes work

Dr. Orr explains how their toes work

We don’t get a lot of belted kingfishers at Liberty but when they do arrive, it’s interesting to get a close look at them.  This female arrived recently presenting a wing injury which is being treated by a wrap from Dr. Orr.  As she was wrapping the wing, Dr. Orr took time to explain the syndactyle toe arrangement of this bird.  This is where the middle and outer toe cohere for most of their length and have a broad common sole. This is most frequently seen in birds who don’t use their feet for walking as much as for sitting motionless on a perch.

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Sharon holds the big canker RTH for banding

Sharon holds the big canker RTH for banding

The big RTH who presented with canker finally went outside. It’s good to see such a great specimen getting ready to rejoin the gene pool! It’s uncertain if sure exposure to canker and survival leads to immunity but that would be a great thing. Such a big beautiful bird has a lot to offer the species so let’s hope she does well in the “graduation enclosure” and demonstrates her ability to do her job.

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The beat-up GHO is making progress

The beat-up GHO is making progress

Ultrasound image of the injured eye

Ultrasound image of the injured eye

A few stitches are removed

A few stitches are removed

The great horned owl that came in looking like a fighter who lost the decision is actually getting better.  Dr. Sorum performed an ultrasound exam of his eye and it appears there is little if any damage to the retina or other structures within the eyeball itself. Dr. Wyman did a great job of suturing the patagial damage and Dr. Orr removed some of them so that area is also looking much better. We’ll keep you posted on his progress.

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Joanie holds a young TV for Dr. Orr

Joanie holds a young TV for Dr. Orr

Dr. Sorum's x-ray of the TV wing

Dr. Sorum’s x-ray of the TV wing

How many volunteers does it take to wrap a turkey vulture wing?

How many volunteers does it take to wrap a turkey vulture wing? (NOT a joke…)

We recently got in a young injured Turkey vulture. The bird has a fractured ulna evident from the x-ray provided by Dr. Sorum’s portable unit. This brings home the absolute necessity of having the capability of real-time radiography for the new facility. This bird now has a chance for survival!

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Male kestrel with a seriously damaged wing

Male kestrel with a seriously damaged wing

Anesthesia is administered

Anesthesia is administered

Dr. Orr inserts the intubation tube

Dr. Orr inserts the intubation tube

Jan and Susie monitor as surgery begins

Jan and Susie monitor as surgery begins

Recovering nicely!

Recovering nicely!

A short while ago took in a young male kestrel with a badly fractured wing that was beyond repair.  Dr. Orr decided that the end of the wing outside of the wrist had to be amputated and since this was within the allowable limits from USFW guidelines, the surgery was performed last Tuesday. Since this bird is young and our team of non-releasable ambassadors is getting older, we are contemplating adding this youngster to the education team if he turns out to be agreeable to the new lifestyle and accepts his career change.

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Ed show set up

Ed show set up at the Desert Rivers Audubon at the Gilbert Riparian area

It’s always a great event when the Liberty Education Season begins. Last week our team took several birds to Gilbert to do a program for the Desert Rivers Audubon at the Riparian Area to get people to better appreciate and understand all the great species that can be seen there. The Education Team is one of the most important groups within Liberty and the people who do these programs are extremely dedicated.

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Weekly progress at the new Facility

More plumbing and electrical lines are installed

More plumbing and electrical lines are installed

Lots of lines in the IT room

A “Connectitude” of lines in what will be the IT room

Heavy duty plumbing

Heavy duty plumbing

Rehab enclosure footings ready to pour

Rehab enclosure footings ready to pour

Despite the rain, Okland is making great progress at the new facility!

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