Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
As you will see in This Week at Liberty below, we have now gone vertical at our site. For so long it seemed like we were just seeing moving piles of dirt and lots of trenches, but now the framework is appearing and the center is taking shape. I must say….it is so very exciting.
At this point we want to offer all of you who are hoping to be a part of this momentous movement to throw your hats into the ring and materially join the cause. If you are planning to make a donation and add your name to the cause now is a perfect time.
With that being said, we are rolling out a new opportunity. Between now and the end of the year we are forming some select groups of donors.
- At the $4000 level you can become one of a select group…a Parliament of Owls.
- At the $5000 level you can become one of a select group…a Kettle of Hawks.
- At the $10,000 you can become a member of the Charm of Falcons.
- At the $25,000 level you can be a member of the Pack of Wolves.
- At the $50,000 you can become one of the Convention of Eagles.
These groups are limited in number. As a member you will be given select opportunities to attend special events like speakers, releases, exhibits, and unique behind the scenes tours not ever open to the public.
Maybe you had in mind a naming opportunity. There are many. Maybe you would like to add your family’s presence at the new Liberty Wildlife…gather funds from your family members and be forever immortalized as a supporter of nature, wildlife, and the world we depend on.
Don’t be left out. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be a part of one of these esteemed groups. And, if by chance, you have another idea in mind to donate towards our new campus, talk to me. There are so many opportunities.
You can help us build our dream! You will be proud to be among the acknowledged and Arizona’s wildlife will be grateful for your action. You, the public, will be able to interact with and learn about the beauty and benefits of our natural world. Be a part of this movement.
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total for the year now stands at 6313.
A few new intakes came in this week from various parts of the state, some from appreciable distances. Again, most of the new intakes seem to be first year birds who are making unfortunate mistakes as they learn the skills they need to survive. The Education season is off to a running start with programs going on nearly daily. A whole new crop of Education volunteers exited the training pipeline and joined the team last week. Welcome aboard folks! The new facility is making slow, steady progress and we toured some representatives from the Gila River Indian Community who have given us some support. We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments as they occur!
This could not have come at a better time! Thanks to the efforts of Nina Grimaldi, Liberty Wildlife will be the recipient of a “Thanksliving” donation from the Green New American Vegetarian restaurant in Tempe. Green New American Vegetarian restaurant is an all vegan restaurant that has been hosting an alternative thanksgiving for years called “Thanksliving.” They donate part of the proceeds to an animal group every year and this year they choose Liberty. Thank you Chef Damon, and thank you Nina!
Last week some representatives from the Gila River Indian Community Department of Environmental Quality got a tour of the new Liberty facility. This group has supported Liberty in building our new home and providing services to the community at large. The leaders who toured the construction site appeared impressed with our efforts and we hope they will continue to support us into the future.
Recently two rehabilitated Harris’ hawks were released by Sharon Sneva and Mare Van Dyke. They got some great video of the event and sent it in to share with the rest of the TW@L readers.
“It was a glorious day in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for this pair of Harris Hawks. Raptor release is a special moment enjoyed by Liberty volunteers.” – Mare Van Dyke
One of the recent programs Liberty put on was last Friday at the Animal Medical Center of Chandler Client Appreciation Open House. Liberty will be the recipient of the proceeds from the event which attracted lots of families and kids who enjoyed meeting the animals from Liberty and learning about our organization.
Continuing our partnership with Verde Canyon Rail Road, Joe and Sonora made the ride on a recent Saturday to the delight of the passengers. This outing is one of the most enjoyable “undiscovered secrets” available to citizens and visitors to our great state. Once a month, Liberty adds to the educational aspect of the train ride by sending Sonora to go along and meet the passengers as they roll through some of the most beautiful landscape we have to offer.
Several owls came in last week from various areas around the state. The GHO in the top photo came from a yard in Coolidge, and the three baby barn owls were transported from Kingman by super R&T volunteer Sherrill Snyder. (These guys are either very early – or very late in the breeding cycle!) The bottom great horned owl was a bit more local and was rescued by Marko and Kelly.
We occasionally take in a flammulated owl for treatment. These pudgy little owls are not common in the valley but do pass through here on their way to wintering grounds. Like a lot of small birds, sometimes their actual physiology changes when migrating. Organs grow or shrink and how they metabolize foods is modified to accommodate the long flight. Any interruptions can lead to trouble as was the case with this little bird who was attacked by a cat while on a rest stop. Even though he was lucky enough to be found and brought to us, he was unable to cope with the inability to continue his long journey and sadly died from what was most likely fatty liver disease.
Donna Jabara, one of our senior education volunteers, was hand-feeding recently and took this picture of Lexi. The little female kestrel was in mid-rouse and puffed up to nearly twice her normal size making a great photo-op!
Linda Scott, our Education Coordinator, writes:
“Please join me in welcoming this year’s new education volunteers! They were a fabulous group as a class, they worked hard, they had a lot of fun, and they have done a great job speaking and getting started parcticing with birds! Lets make them feel welcome!”