Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to the Arizona Chapter of the Wildlife Society for bestowing on Liberty Wildlife the 2016 Conservation Award.
Founded in 1968 the Arizona Wildlife Society’s mission is “To be the preeminent resource for Arizona’s community of scientists, managers, educators, students, technicians, planners and others working to manage and conserve wildlife and habitats in the state.”
The organization is dedicated to promoting management and conservation of Arizona’s wildlife resources. Because of the organization’s reach they are able to maintain communication among professionals in the field of wildlife conservation by supporting efforts toward continuing education, providing grants and workshops with a strong emphasis on fostering student participation.
The state of Arizona is indeed lucky to have such a stalwart organization assisting in the oversight of our valuable wildlife resource and its habitat.
Liberty Wildlife couldn’t be prouder than to have been recognized by such an important and successful organization. We thank you for your support of our programs and look forward to working with you in whatever ways we are able to dovetail our activities.
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total is now at 222.
As we go to press tonight, another California condor was brought in. I hope to have an update on the bird next week. It’s one we have seen before which is disheartening, but at least we are able to keep providing these birds with what they need in terms of care.
Great horned owls are breeding as we speak, and it shows in the number of these that come in for help.
This is also the time of year for a great influx of cotton tails, both injured adults and orphan baby bunnies.
We are doing more tours now as the word gets out that we offer this form of interactivity with the public, and our usual outreach education programs are also going on full tilt.
To cap off the week,, Boy Scouts from Troop 869 were here as a team to build a platform for our Education hand-feeders! Lets take a look at the activity…
This GHO was rescued in the Globe area and was brought in presenting an injured wing. The bird was capable of limited flight which gave the R&T volunteer (Anna Ouztz) an interesting challenge in apprehension, but she finally prevailed. The owl is awaiting further examination and possible x-rays.
You might remember this great horned owl from a previous TW@L. He is a bit on the small side but his “horns” are remarkably large! He has a career-ending injury to his wing, but he has a bright future as an Education Ambassador with Liberty Wildlife. Look for him again once he is named and trained!
One of the programs we do consistently each year is the Don’s Interactive Discovery Camp. Claudia writes: “It’s held near the Peralta trailhead in the Superstition mountains. As well as learning about Liberty Wildlife, and seeing our avian ambassadors up close, the children also hike, pan for gold, learn about ranching and how to lasso, plus Native American lore. The non-profit Dons of Arizona offers the experience of Arizona and Southwest history, legends and lore to Valley 4th grade students every Friday in January and February each year”
Speaking of education, our own series of tours is progressing nicely. As word gets out, the attendance is slowly building and it gives our Ed volunteers a chance to hone their skills as presenters. We have big plans for the upcoming months so watch for announcements in this area.
We have been experiencing a larger number of bats of all species in recent weeks. These two little guys are now in our isolation quarters until they are ready for release down the road. Have i mentioned that of the approximately four thousand species of mammals on the planet, almost a quarter of them are bats? If you can fly, you have an advantage over ground-bound animals!
And as I said, we’re getting in LOTS of baby bunnies from all over. Totally cute, and unfortunately, very fragile. They all get loving care from the Medical Services volunteers each day.
Some of the members of Boy Scout Troop 869 were present this weekend to build a platform for our hand-feeders to use. On Saturday they dug the footers and poured the concrete to support the deck, and on Sunday they used the Trex (recycled plastic lumber) that was donated to us last year to build the structure. The young men were helped by some of the fathers and other leaders who instructed the boys on proper engineering and construction techniques. As soon as the overhead shade material is added, it will be ready for use by the Hand Feed team.