This Week @ Liberty – November 30, 2015

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby - Executive Director

Megan Mosby – Executive Director

Thanksgiving for me is a time for reflection…and of course it is reflection on the many things I am thankful for.  Here are a few of the things that surfaced this year in no particular order.

Ten of many things that I am thankful for:

  • Work that allows me to be passionate about what I need to do.
  • Friends who follow me along this path.
  • Family that indulge my passions.
  • Donors who allow me to carry out my jobs.
  • Volunteers, board members, and staff who help to fulfill my passions.
  • An environment that supports my endeavors.
  • For health and energy.
  • Teachers of all kinds who make me better at what I need to do.
  • Nature, the source of my passions.
  • And, for the beautiful new facility that we will move into in 2016!

And, it goes without saying…I am thankful for all of you who faithfully follow our blog and the actions of Liberty Wildlife in fulfilling its mission.  I guess that makes eleven.

Outstanding cake for Megan's birthday

Outstanding cake for Megan’s birthday

 

(I thought I’d use this opportunity to share a picture of a great cake that Carol Suits’ son made for Megan’s birthday recently… It was absolutely extraordinary!                                                                       – TW@L)

This Week @Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 6423.

Since I took my T’Giving break last week, I have a ton of stuff for this week’s update. So let me jump right in and start posting nearly 40 photos in a record-breaking edition of TW@L…

Pad Party -

Arrivals inspect the entry way

Arrivals inspect the entry way

Peggy introduces Maggie to some Denver fans and their dog

Peggy introduces Maggie to some Denver fans and their dog

Stella - the star!

Stella – the star!

Joe is back! (And posing with Aurora as always!)

Joe is back! (And posing with Aurora as always!)

Now THAT'S a cute visitor...

Now THAT’S a cute visitor…

Megan runs the raffle

Megan runs the raffle

Jan with Lance, Megan, Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego, and Kathleen Lang

Jan with Lance, Megan, Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego, and Kathleen Lang

Preparing for the release

Preparing for the release

Guests got to sign the wall!

Guests got to sign the wall!

On Sunday the 22nd, we held a “Pad Party” at the site of the new facility. Lots of supporters were there getting a look at what we’re doing with their donations (and hopefully convince them to keep up their support!) The event took place in near perfect weather with some picnic-style food and drink, offered the chance to tour the construction site, win some basketball tickets in a raffle, meet some Education ambassadors, and participate in the release of a great horned owl (see last week’s TW@L for the video). They also got to autograph the wall of the rehab wing if they wanted to. It was a very nice get together and everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to look into the future of Liberty Wildlife!

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A new eagle arrives -

AZGFD brings in a new golden eagle

AGFD brings in a new golden eagle

A thorough exam is made by Jan and Alex

A thorough exam is made by Jan and Alex

Blood is drawn

Blood is drawn

Ready for cage rest and observation

Ready for cage rest and observation

A golden eagle was brought in by Kyle (AGFD) last week.  He was found near the Flagstaff area where it seems he flew into the windshield of a semi trailer truck. Although the windshield was broken, the bird did not break any bones but possibly suffered some internal injuries. His blood was tested and showed exposure to lead but below the toxic threshold. He did test positive for aspergillosis and is currently being treated for that while he remains under observation.

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Two weeks of medical activity -

Red tail hawk presenting head trauma

Red tail hawk presenting head trauma

Dr. Orr wraps a toe on another RTH

Dr. Orr wraps a toe on another RTH

Sara attaches the band prior to moving the bird outside

Sara attaches the band prior to moving the bird outside

An injured northern harrier is being treated

An injured northern harrier is being treated

Meanwhile, a common loon arrives

Meanwhile, a common loon arrives

Dr. Becker examines a screech

Dr. Becker examines a screech

A Cooper's hawk has his eye checked

A Cooper’s hawk has his eye checked…

...then gets some eye drops

…then gets some eye drops

A gunshot RTH gets some cage rest

A gunshot RTH gets some cage rest

Lots of pellets and fragments show up in X-rays

Lots of pellets and fragments show up in X-rays

This is two weeks worth of Vet Night updates including a common loon which is a rare visitor to the valley. Because of their design, loons can only take off from a long stretch of water so if they land on dry ground, they are stuck. Our visitor was released almost as soon as he arrived. We also took in the usual suspects of GHO’s, RTH’s, Cooper’s, and screeches. Several improved enough to move outside, one step before release. One red tail turned out to have been peppered with a multitude of pellets and pellet fragments. In his subsequent crash, he fractured a wing and broke his leg. The Cooper’s hawks presented an expected variety of collision injuries for which they are being treated.

A GHO has a bad time in a chimney -

What IS that?

What IS that?

After the glue trap is removed, an exam is performed

After the glue trap is removed, an exam is performed

A warm bath (the first of many) is given

A warm bath (the first of many) is given

"This is totally humiliating!"

“This is totally humiliating!”

One of our great Rescue /Transport volunteers went out to extract an owl from a local chimney last week. Fireplace rescues are difficult enough, but it seems that the owner thought the noises were coming from a rat in the chimney so he put a glue trap into the smoke chamber below the flue. By the time the owl was extracted, he was totally covered with both soot and thick coating of glue causing the tray to adhere to his head as he was removed. When he arrived in the ICU some of his rictal bristles (facial feathers) needed to be cut and special techniques were used to clean the glue off followed by a complete bath. This was made even more difficult because our water heater was out of service when he came in and water had to be heated in the microwave to clean him properly. He is actually doing well right now but will need to be in our care for quite some time due to the extensive damage to his feathers.

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Education Continues -

Erin displays  Darwin at the Gilbert Riparian Area (photo by Kelly)

Erin displays Darwin at the Gilbert Riparian Area (photo by Kelly)

Marko explains BuOws to some scouts (photo by Kelly)

Marko explains burrowing owls to some scouts (photo by Kelly)

Among other programs, some Cub Scouts recently attended a Liberty event at the Gilbert Riparian Area show. The scouts learned about various owls and other native Arizona birds they might see when they are outside enjoying nature!

Rain Richard's son, Jax, holds a baby desert tortoise

Rain Richard’s son, Jax, holds a baby desert tortoise

From Jax's journal...

From Jax’s journal…

Rain Richard is one of the supervisors of our new facility construction project who recently toured the current site to learn more about what we do. She brought her family along including her two sons who seemed to enjoy the animals, especially the baby desert tortoise which they got to hold. Here is what Rain wrote about the tour:

I wanted to share how special our trip to Liberty Wildlife was. Jax wrote about it at school to share with his teacher. I’ll translate since there is no Rosetta Stone for first graders yet.

“Over the weekend I went to Liberty Wildlife. I saw a raven. I saw a great horned owl. I saw a red hair hawk. I got to hold a baby tortoise. “

I think he meant red tailed hawk but I’m pretty impressed with everything he remembered. 

Thanks again for such a special moment in life,
The Richard Family

Not bad at all for a first grader (and a future Liberty volunteer)!

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Progress at the new Facility

The floor is in!

The floor is in!

Future wildlife intake portal

Future wildlife intake portal

Rapidly taking shape

Rapidly taking shape

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