A picnic under the trees happened on Saturday at Liberty Wildlife. It was a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated Orphan Care volunteers…a lovely party thrown for the group by the outstanding Orphan Care Manager, Susie Vaught (I don’t think there is anything that she can’t do well!) and her equally outstanding and dedicated cohorts, Sharon Sneva and Joan Boatwright. Thanks to these ladies, volunteers each received a “Liberty Wildlife nurturing nature bracelet”…the first of an annual bracelet… a different color every year, a collector’s item!
The food was wonderful and plentiful. Recent team members got to reunite. Hopefully in six months they will all be back for another round of saving lives. They were a serious and dedicated group dealing with a successful and very, very busy year. Thanks to all of you including the valuable Daily Coordinators who made it a smooth season for orphans lucky enough to find Liberty Wildlife.
A few other things come to mind that need to be mentioned. The first is a gentle nudge to each of you to go right now to www.libertywildlife.org . Click on the pop up. Make your pledge to Liberty Wildlife in the Birdies for Charity campaign. It is so easy, and you don’t have to pay until the spring after the golf tournament is over. You can make a straight pledge right now-a minimum of $20 or you can pledge any amount you want per birdie made at the tournament. Traditionally there are 1500 to 1700 birdies so at one penny a birdie you would be billed for $15-17.00…or more if you choose to up your per birdie pledge. Go do it now…don’t put it off until you forget….the big tent calls us, the guests call us…pledge now! www.libertywildlife.org.
Another announcement has to do with volunteer, Balinda Fortman’s newly published book. This first in the trilogy is a charming book called, “I Got Barfed on by A Turkey Vulture”. www.libertywildlife.net. Go shopping!
And, one more shopping opportunity will happen on November 8th when Liberty Wildlife will bring back its overwhelmingly good rummage sale. You can donate items that can be delivered priced starting Friday Oct. 31st to November 7th. The rummage sale will be held in our parking lot at 11825 N 70th Street, Scottsdale from 8-2. There will be all kinds of treasures that you won’t want to miss and the proceeds will go towards the purchase of a digital x ray for our new facility.
See you there!
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total for the year is now at 4913.
A few new arrivals of first-year animals led the line to the intake window this week. As I’ve said before, the kids are learning the tricks of the trade and sometimes things don’t work out perfectly. That’s where Liberty Wildlife steps in. Along with the usual activity in the ICU, Susie & Company held a “Thank You” picnic for the wonderful, dedicated staff of volunteers who manned Orphan Care this year. The outdoor party was well attended and gave volunteers an opportunity to relax outside of the high pressure OC arena and hear about the new facility. And on THAT topic, the extension of Elwood Road is moving along fairly quickly now, which will allow construction of the facility to begin soon. Let’s have a look…
A couple of smaller birds are in treatment right now, including this flicker with an injured wing, as well as the little burrowing owl that I brought up from Maricopa a few weeks ago. The BUOW with a healed wing fracture near the joint, will be flight tested over the next few weeks to determine if it will remain a candidate for ultimate release.
A very concerned gentleman helped Carl rescue this Canada goose recently. The bird is young and had a broken wing and a severe injury resulting from fishing line being wrapped around it’s leg. The wing has healed well but the monofilament had actually damaged the femoral artery. The bird experienced hemorrhaging and still presents the effects of severe blood loss. The foot remains warm which is a good sign, but her condition remains very serious. Jan, Dr. Wyman, and the whole Med Services team is trying their best so keep the goose in your thoughts.
A barn owl with an eye problem is also under care in the ICU. Progressing slowly, the bird is given periodic drops to aid in healing the eye injury.
An extremely thin juvenile black-crowned night heron was rescued from the Lakewood area of Ahwatukee on Saturday. Not presenting any other overt trauma besides emaciation, it’s hoped that a good diet of fresh fish will bring about a marked improvement.
Another new species for us came in last Saturday. This injured California leaf-nosed bat arrived and was allowed some cage rest before the arrival of Rebecca, our resident bat expert. Of the 4,000 species of mammals on the planet, almost 25% of them are bats! That just shows how much an advantage it is to have the gift of flight.
Recently some of our Education Team members presented one of our awesome Education events up north. Here’s what Linda Scott, Education Coordinator, had to say: “Wendy Bozzi, Cindy Ziegler, and I spent the day at the Red Rock Ranger Station in Sedona. Stunning view of a riparian area, Bell and Cathedral Rocks, a very busy booth for us with lots of tourist visitors. The Smokey Bear statue on the patio stood next to us all day so we thought we’d take a picture.” (It never hurts to have a ranger hat and a shovel to get the girls…)
Last Saturday the Orphan Care Coordinators put together a picnic-style get together to say “THANK YOU” to the OC volunteers who helped make this baby bird season a great success. Lots of food and refreshments were provided and it gave the volunteers a chance to meet and share memories without the pressure of the job. It also gave us the opportunity to present some details of the new facility where the orphans will be cared for after next year – yeah, we still have one more Baby Bird Season to get through in our current setting… BUT all the volunteers were excited about the shape of things to come!
And speaking of the new facility, the work on Elwood Road is now progressing. Last week the cement trucks were on hand to begin pouring the curbing on the north side of the road. Next, the street light poles will go in as the wiring is already in the ground. On Sunday morning, I drove by and right above the cut-out for the entrance to the facility, a local osprey sat on the telephone pole and appeared to be surveying the progress on the new facility. We’re going to have some cool neighbors!
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