Where did March go? Whoosh and it is gone! And that means there are only 12 more days until the 21st running of Wishes for Wildlife….and what a great event it is going to be this year. It is all about our mission. No Live Auction to sit through. No cash call to shrink away from. It is guaranteed to be just a lot of fun, a lot of educable moments, and all of this to support our mission and our wonderful cause.
The best part is that it isn’t too late to buy a ticket. If you don’t have a table to sit with we can find a lovely group for you to join. If you have benefited from our services maybe you would want to repay us by joining in the fun. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of our community service “pay it forward” and show your gratitude for the fact that we are out there waiting to help you when you need it!
If you want to see our educational ambassadors, learn about the species or their particular stories, go now to our store, www.libertywildlife.net, to buy a ticket. If you want to learn about Liberty Wildlife and our dazzling stats, visit our store and buy a ticket. If you want to get the first glimpse of the renderings of our new facility, come on down to our store and buy a ticket to Wishes for Wildlife. If you want to see the release of a rehabilitated great horned owl…be at the Montelucia on April 12th!
Lots of thrills, never a dull moment all for $250 a person….
This Week at Liberty
The intake total is now at 485.
Yes, the year is rushing by…and the rate of intakes shows that it will be busier than ever. The babies of all species are coming in, Wishes for Wildlife is upon us, and plans for the new facility are taking up any free time that we might have. All we can do is hang on for the ride – and hope that everyone who is able to can pitch in with whatever help they can provide. If you have a couple of hours a week and you’d like to do your part for the wildlife of Arizona, contact Carol NOW! We have several openings in Orphan Care, Hotline, and Daily Care that need to be filled ASAP. The work is rewarding and fun, and although it might not be as easy as sitting home watching Dr. Phil, you’ll feel better when the day is done, I promise you!
Now let’s see what happened this week…
The beautiful tundra peregrine that came in a while ago is finally well enough to be moved to an outside enclosure. It’s still too early to tell if she will be a candidate for release, but we’re always hopeful! She has made real progress but the damage was fairly extensive and since peregrines are so specialized in their mission, she’ll have to be almost perfect in her ability to fly and hunt in order to be considered for release. Time will tell…
Alright, it’s another non-native species, but when we got in this little society finch with deformed legs, the Med Services team went to work anyway. A special wrap was applied that binds the legs together so they form at the proper angle. Now, all we can do is wait and see if the legs will grow into well formed, useful appendages allowing the bird to be placed with someone who wants to keep this pretty little bird in their care.
It’s always a bonus to have Dr. Wyman attend the Tuesday “Vet Night” activity. As the staff goes through the birds in the ICU area, each patient gets the benefit of a well trained, experienced group of volunteers who check on their progress. Current status is checked and each individual is evaluated for the need for further care or changes in it’s treatment in order to move the patient along towards release.
The baby birds are coming in steadily and growing explosively! As Orphan Care opens officially, the care and feeding of the little ones (like this baby Northern Mockingbird) will be taken over by the OC volunteers. Let the peeping begin!
Carl Price went down south to rescue some baby great horned owls that had been somehow removed from their nest last week. The smallest one didn’t survive the fall, but the larger two arrived at Liberty and were immediately treated for the effects of the fall and the separation from their parents. After being weighed, cleaned of certain creepy things in their ears and nostrils, hydrated and fed, they were allowed to de-stress before being placed with a new foster mom for raising and proper imprinting.
Now to the other end of the food chain. I went down to Casa Grande last week to bring in these two orphan round tail ground squirrels. Some caring people found them along a road and didn’t want to see them die alone so they took them home and made a cool little habitat for them from a sock and a toilet paper tube. They made the long trip north and are doing well so far, with loving(?) care from Jan and Laura, and I’m sure, all of the volunteers in the ICU!
Dr.Wyman made the staff smile last week as she wore a T-shirt with this statement on the back. Just wearing it as she helps out proves it to be questionable as maybe not all humans are gross… Thanks for the laugh, Dr. W!