This Week @ Liberty – August 08, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Holler

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

I did a release yesterday, of a red tailed hawk, an orphan this year raised by foster parents.  She had never seen the vastness of the sky beyond the slats of her large enclosure.  But freedom must be hard wired in the brains or cellular components because when she sensed no boundaries she flew like the wind.  There is something profound about that to me.  She rode the winds around Camelback Mountain, circling over and over even joining in a non-confrontive kettle that rode thermals joyfully…at least that is what it looked like to me.  We watched her for a long time.  It was thrilling.

It was as if with every strong wing beat she sucked up the airs of freedom and got farther and farther away from her captors.  It made my heart sing.  It reassured me that our process is good.  It works.  It makes a difference.  Now it is up to her to make it in the world.

As good as it is now, I am looking forward to how much better the process will be when we are finally established in our new facility.  There will be no more musical chairs with enclosures where potential releasees are moved to bigger enclosures to get the flying practice that they must have to prepare for the big world out there.  At the new site there are impressive flight cages for practice flying for each specie that we deal with, but the granddaddy of them all is the 180-foot flight enclosure. 

This structure is just cool.  It is designed to allow large birds with impressive wing spans especially the eagles, herons, condors, to fly distance with a banking possibility mid-way.  It is designed to be stepped down so catching the large fliers isn’t difficult or stressful for the bird or the captor, and it is also possible to step it down into two large flights if the need occurs.  It is designed with a drainable concrete body of water to allow for fishing experience for eagles and herons.  And, yes, there is a ramp to allow for access if needed by the rehabilitating inhabitant.

But, one of the coolest parts about this new flight enclosure is the prototype utility pole stationed at one end with cameras to be directed at all angles at the structure.  SRP is doing an experiment to see why and how large birds are being electrocuted despite all of their efforts to keep this from happening.

We will be gathering data and reporting these back to the engineers and environmental department at SRP.  It is the hope and intention that the information gleaned from this study will be used to design the perfect pole to alleviate any electric shock injuries.  Further, this could be disseminated to utility companies across the country…solving a world-wide problem…right from our site.

I believe this is just the beginning of the possibilities awaiting us at our new facility.  I can hardly wait until we are totally moved in…it shouldn’t be long now.  Look for news of the big event.

And, oh yeah…look for a new red tail in town.  She will be the one smiling on an outcropping on Camelback Mountain, loving her freedom every second of the day.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total is now up to 5495.

The intake rate has slackened a bit as the summer grinds on. Two major monsoon events have left the facility damaged, but still in operation, a large testament to the dedicated volunteers who show up every day to care for the animals who need help to get through the day. Orphans are still arriving although not in the super high numbers of last month. We’re seeing some of the same injuries we’ve always seen (sigh, some people never learn…) and again, the volunteers stoically tend to each and every animal with the greatest care imaginable despite the conditions. We are coming close to the end game at the new facility and the finish line is in sight. Every volunteer deserves a heartfelt “THANK YOU!” for gutting it out until we move the last bird to the new home!

Little owl gets skimmed

Little owl gets “skimmed”  (photo by unidentified caller)

I hate taking a bath

“I hate taking a bath!”  (photo by unidentified caller)

A local gentleman called recently about a small owl that he found in his pool skimmer. He plucked the bird out and waited patiently until our rescue volunteer arrived to transport the bird to Liberty for rehabilitation and eventual release. Nice job!

Baby mockers all look like they're angry at the world!

Baby birds often look like they’re angry at the world…

Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

Baby needs a new pair of shoes! (photo by Susie)

11 olive pits removed from this young dove's crop

11 olive pits removed from this young dove’s crop (photo by Sara)

OK, the “Baby Bird Season” isn’t over just yet… Little mockers, doves, and lots of other local species just seem to keep on coming, some with bad feet (?), some full of inappropriate food (olive pits!?!) but all get the best treatment possible – and all with no health insurance. Our cadre of volunteers is the best anywhere!

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OK, that's NOT a gopher snake...

OK, that’s NOT a gopher snake… (photo by Team Price)

Carl shows again why he is "DA MAN" when it comes to diamondbacks.

Carl shows again why he is “DA MAN” when it comes to diamondbacks. (photo by Team Price)

We are so lucky to have a man of Carl Price’s caliber on our team to safely handle the real rattlesnake calls that come in. People are generally terrified of snakes – any snakes – and usually run for the shovel when they see a snake close by. It’s part of our educational mandate to tell the public about the place reptiles – even venomous ones – have in the environment. The rattlers are gently removed from harm’s way and relocated to a place safe for them and the public. Thanks, Carl for being a friend to all creatures!

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Turtle with hook and 11 eggs

Turtle with hook and 11 eggs (photo by Sara)

Another case of careless fishing causing great harm and pain to a gentle species who deserves better at the hands of mankind. This turtle has swallowed a fish hook which endangers not only her, but the 11 eggs she is carrying. The sad part is that it is so easy to pick up after yourselves when you’re out in nature that this needn’t happen ever again. Let’s get the word out to all we know.

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And on a happier note...

And on a happier note, a Cooper’s hawk goes free! (photo by Balinda)

Peggy, Claudia, John, and Balinda went north to the Pinetop Show Low area recently to do the summer Fool’s Hollow program. On the way, they stopped in the Sitgreaves National Forest and released 2 Cooper’s hawks and and a sharp-shinned hawk. Later on at the program, they released a couple of barn owls. What a wonderful day for Arizona wildlife and Liberty!

2 bald eagles head to Texas

2 bald eagles head to Texas

Dan Scrivener helped us out by driving the two bald eagles (the ones in the back enclosures) that had been with us for some months to their new home. They are heading for the Texas Zoo in Victoria, Texas. It’s nice that the two got to travel together after spending so much time in each other’s company!

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Storm damage

Storm damage (photo by Mike Aiken)

The first big monsoon took down a lot of foliage around the old facility, including this mass of palm fronds back by the education area.

It happens at least once a year...

It happens at least once a year…

Then the torrent came, causing this backup of water, this first rain we’d seen in months! It even came up in the freezer room necessitating some freezers to be unplugged to prevent anyone from having an electrical injury…

While at the new facility, we happily harvest the rain.

While at the new facility, we happily harvest the rain.

We have two huge cisterns as part of the new facility’s efforts to maintain a light ecological footprint. As the rain falls, it is channeled off of the roof and falls into the openings on top of the cisterns to used to irrigate the landscaping around the facility. We waste nothing, use little, and recycle all we can. (You may have noticed we have added the word “Sustainability” to our logo…)

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The first modular arrives

The first modulars arrive

Just prior to the first rains of the monsoon

Just prior to the first rains of the monsoon

Going into place a couple of days later...

Going into place a couple of days later…

We had no rain for months, then on the day the first modular structure arrived, Sky Harbor got almost 2.5 inches of rain, filling the scrape that was to hold the modular buildings. This caused a couple days delay as the structures couldn’t be placed due to the mud in the hole! But, it dried up fairly soon and then it was on with the show!

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The next big arrival was the walk-in freezer.

The next big arrival was the walk-in freezer.

Next, the pieces of our new walk-in freezer arrived from New York. These will be assembled over the next week or so and then we can start bringing food down. The animals will follow shortly thereafter.

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R&T volunteers get a preview tour

R&T volunteers get a preview tour

Education begins

Education begins

The senior Medical Services staff and volunteer vets attend training on the digital X-ray machine (Thanks again, Mr. Smith!)

The senior Medical Services staff and volunteer vets get trained on the digital X-ray machine (Thanks again, Mr. Smith!)

Our first Staff meeting at the new facility!

Our first Staff meeting at the new facility!

Due to the size of the facility, these electric carts will provide mobility for the volunteers

Due to the size of the facility, these electric carts will provide mobility for the volunteers

It’s all coming together. There actually IS a light at the end of this long tunnel…

Thanks to you all for your patience and help to make it all possible!

 

 

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This Week @ Liberty – July 11, 2016

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan is on sabbatical (meaning, she’s buried in moving details – and there are so many, many details!)

HHH will return as time permits!

 

 This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total has now reached 4809.

Actually I am also somewhat buried in the details of finishing the new facility and moving, but I wanted to get a quick update so you all knew we were still here and still doing what we do – saving animals! Plus there were some great photo ops of the moving process so here’s a brief look at what took place in the past week or two…

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One more baby barn owl

One more baby barn owl

Baby bat comes in

Baby bat comes in

Four little night hawks

Four little night hawks

Little raccoon

Little raccoon

The orphans keep coming in, mammals and avians alike. The OC people are champing at the bit to move to the new facility, as are we all. The facility is largely ready, we just need to have a few more little touches added to make it usable. Keep your fingers crossed!

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A major move

A major move

It was there a long time

It was there a long time

The large metal trailer we were using in the front of the facility got moved Today. We are keeping the unit and had it moved to the property on the river for our storage needs at the new operation. There were several multi-legged residents in the ground underneath and they were not happy to see their home leave, but progress is progress!

Boy Scouts helping with the Ed enclosures

Boy Scouts helping with the Ed enclosures

The new 180ft flight enclosure

The new 180ft flight enclosure

It comes complete with a fish trough for eagles to practice hunting

It comes complete with a fish trough for eagles to practice hunting

 

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This Week @ Liberty – July 04, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

Sadly, another hole has been torn through the heart of Liberty Wildlife.  Our long-time volunteer in education and rescue/transport, Donna Jabara, unexpectedly left us. We are devastated by her loss.  She was a permanent feature on Monday, Wednesday and Friday sitting at the table logging in weights of her charges and computing food amounts for the education birds that she worked with and loved.

She was all sweetness and kindness.  A cherubic smile never left her face despite the heat, flies, and difficult conditions that face us in the out of doors in the Valley in the summer.  She was a worker.  No, she was a delightful worker.  No grumbles, no negatives, no beefs…just pure sweetness.  And she was loved.

It won’t be the same arriving in the parking lot without seeing her HHR parked under a tree.  It won’t be the same without seeing her leaving to do an education program.  It won’t be the same without her glorious energy gracing our events.  She was a huge part of who we are, and she will be sorely missed.

Donna, you are an integral part of us.  You are a trooper.  Your spirit will always be around.

We send you eternal love and friendship on the wings of one of your beloved creatures.  Your body might be away, but your spirit is always a part of the Liberty Wildlife family.  We are better for the time you were with us…way better!

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

My heart is heavy as I post this 4th of July edition of TW@L. All I had the spirit to do is put together this very short, but heartfelt tribute to one of my favorite volunteers, Donna Jabara. We all loved you Donna, and we will all miss you, especially the birds you cared for so much. Fairfarren my friend…

A short tribute to Donna J

TW@L and HHH will return next week.

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These Weeks @ Liberty – June 20, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

Are you staying cool?  The past few days have been brutal, and I am not telling you anything that you don’t know already.  But, most all of us human beings have air conditioning to retreat to…not so much for wildlife.

I have fountains around my house, a pool (unfortunately), and a pond.  All of those sources of water seem to be a daytime gathering place for many of the critters that live in my environs.  I can only imagine what goes on at night.

I watch the hummingbirds bathing in a flailing manner, the sparrows and finches bathe with abandon, and the larger guys from grackles to mockingbirds, doves and pigeons keep the water source busy as their displacement is more that the little fountains and pond can keep up with.

At Liberty Wildlife over that past few weeks we have been slammed.  Between nasty winds to unbearable heat, babies have bailed or blown from nests.  You have to be pretty hard core to ignore the naked little baby on the baking sidewalk, and thankfully not many people do.  They bring them in by the hundreds a day.  The boxes in the recycled bins attest to the numbers as do the hotline logs.

Here’s a report from Carol Suits regarding hotline activity one day on the an 8-to 11:00 shift:

Thanks to the heat, yesterday was predictably exciting on the front-end of the business:  116 incoming calls.  To appreciate what that translates to, here’s a breakdown of the 8 – 11 shift activity:

27 incoming calls, listened to and returned

55 additional outgoing calls to find rescuers, second calls to public.  Doesn’t include texting

82 total calls during the 3-hour shift

We didn’t track raptors specifically, but Carla W., 3 – 6 shift reported 9.

Katie L. kept the hotline open from 6 – 9 PM and took an additional 12.  She’ll be doing that again tonight.

I know Carla and her husband went out after their shift and picked up 4 or 5 raptors, arriving at Liberty at 9ish.

It was a loooong day.  I expect today will be about the same.

And, you know what?  There have been many days like that with a lot more to come.  Do what you can for your wildlife neighbors.  Keep an eye out for any in distress.  And, give us a call if you need help.  Our outstanding crew is heads down, do the job, no matter what it takes.

They are the best.  Every single one of them.

These Weeks @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total is now up to 4075.

OK, so after taking a few weeks off to work on the move, I thought we’d better jump in and do a quick update so you wouldn’t think we stopped doing what we do best: provide state-of-the-art medical care for the wildlife of Arizona. The progress on the new facility is moving along (though ever fast enough to suit us – we truly never intended to move during the hottest part of the year!!) and we will be taking more time off in the weeks to come so we can work on getting the new facility open and running. We certainly appreciate your patience and support as the big migration approaches. I keep telling people it’s like trying to prepare Sunday morning breakfast for a family gathering: making everything come out hot at the same time is a daunting task! Here’s a quick update on the past couple of weeks…

Orphan Care - slammed by the heat

Orphan Care – slammed by the heat

The heat is almost as bad as a spring storm for generating increased intake activity. Baby birds bail in droves to escape the heat in nests and the lucky ones are found and brought to Liberty for care. This means the intake window has a line forming early in the morning on most days. The dedication of the volunteers is awe-inspiring!

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Five orphan baby raccoons arrive (photo by Susie)

Five orphan baby raccoons arrive (photo by Susie)

About 10 days old, all babies are weighed, cleaned, and fed (photo by Susie)

About 10 days old, all babies are weighed, cleaned, and fed (photo by Susie)

Yeah, we're going to do mammals at the new facility! (photo by Susie)

Yeah, we’re going to do mammals at the new facility! (photo by Susie)

Five baby raccoons about 10 days old were brought in last week. It seems they were living in a wall someplace in town when a professional (NOT liberty) animal “remover” was called. He captured the babies but never caught the mom, then brought the kids in to us. After they were cleaned, weighed, and fed, they were sent to SWW for further care. We will soon be able to keep any mammals that are brought to us and provide rehabilitation services to them ourselves.

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Injured BUOW gets an eye check

Injured BUOW gets an eye check

Burrowing owl presents eye issues and a possible back injury

Burrowing owl presents eye issues and a possible back injury

A little burrowing owl was admitted recently presenting symptoms of back injury and some eye problems. Consistent with a possible collision, he is being treated and observed in the ICU. This type of injury will be diagnosed faster and more accurately in the new facility with the state of the art equipment we will have available in the yet-to-be-named Rehab Wing (anyone want to have their name immortalized?)

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Sharon holds a Coopers hawk for Dr. Orr

Sharon holds a juvenile Harris’ hawk for Dr. Orr

Dr. Orr works on a prairie falcon

Dr. Orr works on a prairie falcon

Young BCNH gets care from Dr. Wyman

Young BCNH gets care from Dr. Wyman

Speaking of herons...they come in bunches!

Speaking of herons…they come in bunches!

Another baby heron

Yet another baby heron…

The medical care given to all the animals that show up at our window goes on despite the heat outside – and the occasional failure of our old window-unit air conditioners. The baby birds don’t like the heat any more than we do, but last week the season for herons began and a ton of them showed up, brought in by our stalwart Rescue and Transport team. This on top of the assorted Cooper’s hawks, prairie falcons, kestrels, GHO’s and RTH’s that are the staples of our intakes provided lots of work for the über dedication of our volunteers!

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Prepping the GHO for surgery

Prepping the GHO for surgery

Steel pin is inserted into the fractured bone

Steel pin is inserted into the fractured bone

Dr. Orr performed surgery on a great horned owl last week, possibly the last such operation in the old facility. The bird had a badly fractured wing but since it was fresh, he was a good candidate for this particular procedure. After anesthetizing the owl, with Jan monitoring heart and respiration activity, Dr. Orr inserted a steel pin into the two ends of the broken bone, stabilizing and holding them in place as they heal. The bird came through the operation in good shape and is now recovering in our ICU.

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Baby bald eagle shows Curt the raptor defense posture

Baby bald eagle shows Kurt the raptor defense posture

The hood makes handling easier - and safer!

The hood makes handling easier – and safer!

Curt draws a blood sample

Kurt draws a blood sample

A good sample

A good sample

Jan prepares to remove the hood

Jan prepares to remove the hood

"I didnt like that hood thing too much...!"

“I didn’t like that hood thing too much…!”

Yet another baby bald eagle was brought in to us recently. This little guy was not doing well in his nest as his two sisters seemed to be picking on him and getting most of the food. He was brought to us as an underfed, weak little bird that was otherwise not injured. After a couple weeks of being hydrated and fed well (without competition from his siblings), he began to grow and developed into a fierce, aggressive little example of the apex-predator he was designed to be. Last week Kyle and Kurt (AZGFD) took him back up north to another nest and re-inserted him into his natural environment. Another apparent success story for Liberty Wildlife and the bald eagle population of Arizona!

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John and Eco, examples of what's right with the world! (photo by Jan)

John and Eco, examples of what’s right with the world!
(photo by Jan)

Last week John Martinson and his daughter Eco dropped by Liberty. She recently had her 13th birthday and in lieu of presents, she requested donations to Liberty Wildlife. She and her father brought over what she collected: $360! An outstanding gesture from a young lady who cares for animals and the world in which we all live! Thank you, Eco, from Liberty Wildlife and all the animals you helped to save by your wonderful act.

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 Progress on the New Facility

Digital X-ray unit arrives

Our new X-ray unit arrives

Unpacking the digital X-ray unit

Unpacking the digital X-ray machine

being installed in the X-ray room at the new facility

Being installed in the X-ray room at the new facility

"A river runs through it" - the wetlands feature at 2600 E. Elwood

“A river runs through it” – the wetlands feature at 2600 E. Elwood

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We got the go ahead to begin moving into the new facility today. There will most likely be another break in H3 and TW@L while we begin the big migration. Bear with us!

 

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This Week @ Liberty – May 30, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

This past week I was sitting in my office when I heard a timid knock at the door. I answered it to find my neighbor, Joe, who took a deep breath and explained that “they had a wildlife emergency at their home around the corner from me.”  My first response after he told me a small coyote in obvious distress had hunkered down in their carport right outside their living room…hard to dismiss… was to give him our Hotline number and have someone more qualified than me take over.  He had walked to my house as he was afraid starting his car would frighten the poor animal and force it to do something that would harm it more.  My immediate response to pass on this responsibility melted as his face crumbled.  They would have to wait for a response…what if it died?

I figured I could drive over with him.  That was the least I could do.  They apparently were very concerned, a little frightened, and wonderfully compassionate. I could assess the situation, calm their concerns, and call in the troops.

Not gonna happen.  When I got there the poor little coyote had that look in its eyes.  I know a healthy coyote would disdain contact with human-kind at all costs.  He looked afraid, sick, and helpless.  Hunkered under a wrought iron shelf providing no real protection, he crushed himself against the carport wall…as far from humans as he could get and seemingly hoping to disappear from sight.  I couldn’t leave him there for his sake and for my neighbors.

The good thing was that I have had my rabies shots allowing me to “handle” mammals…a strict requirement at Liberty Wildlife.  I always travel with a car blanket which came in handy again.  Carol grabbed a large box from their storage shed, and I carefully wrapped the little guy up so he could safely be lifted into the box which was then lifted into the back of my car.

No fight, not a good sign…

Arriving at Liberty Wildlife, I was greeted by a dedicated Medical Services staff, and all were relieved to know that Jessie was inoculated and could take over making the coyote comfortable until an assessment could be made.  I left feeling sure he was in as good care as possible.

The main take away from this experience has to do with the multi-faced aspects of a simple coyote rescue.  I don’t get to do this much anymore as my administrative duties are consuming.  I had sort of forgotten how good it feels to be a direct part of helping an animal who is in pain and distress, of helping kind humans who cared enough to take the time to find help, and of being a tiny part of a dynamic and impactful team of staff and volunteers who sprang into action in order to help.

I am very proud of this organization and grateful to be a part of the process.  It just feels good.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 3092.

Hopefully everyone is having a safe Memorial Day today.The temperature is climbing and so are the intake numbers. We had desperately wanted to have moved into the new facility before daily 100’s were the norm, but it appears the gods of relocation had other ideas for us. In any case, we are still making preparations to begin the arduous task of transplanting the operation from Scottsdale to the new Rob and Melani Walton Campus as soon as the last minute details of municipal protocol have been accomplished. This update is somewhat brief as my ability to get tons of pictures of what happens each week is a bit limited by activities dealing with the impending move. In fact, once the loading, unloading, and installations begin in earnest, TW@L will be on a short hiatus until at least the electronics and internet capabilities are up and running at the new digs. More about that in a later posting. In the meantime, here’s some highlights of last week…

Now it's going to be green herons that show up daily...

Now it’s going to be green herons that show up daily…

It seems that each specie takes its turn as the “bird-needing-help-du-jour” and the latest might be the herons. Last week the first of probably MANY orphan baby green herons was brought in by Tim from a local lake. We were all commenting on the nest building skill (or lack thereof) of herons from which we routinely get dozens of fledglings each year. It appears wading waterfowl aren’t much better than great horned owls at judging the required size of future offspring when selecting a place to start a family. As they outgrow the nest and fall to the ground, all we can do is bring them in and keep them safe and fed until they are big enough to rejoin the flock!

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Jesse feeding orphan baby bunny

Jesse feeding orphan baby bunny

The onslaught of baby bunnies knows no end as rabbits seem bent on living up to their stereotypical behavior and breeding constantly. Fortunately, we have lots of volunteers who are both trained and anxious to provide surrogate parenting to these little fluffy babies until they can be returned to the wild. Who wouldn’t find this task appealing and rewarding as the bunnies grow rapidly given the proper food and conditions?

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Jan inspects a GHO eye

Jan inspects a GHO eye

Although the deluge of tiny orphan great horned owls may have abated slightly, the arrival of older youngsters from last year (and a few adults!) will keep the Med Services people busy for months. This otherwise good looking GHO arrived presenting symptoms of head trauma in the form of a deformed iris and indications of visual impairment. He is set to make a trip to the eye specialists later this week.

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Tools of the eagle banders trade

Tools of the eagle banders trade

Michelle and the Gainey baby

Michelle and the Gainey baby

Measuring the talons

Kyle measures the talons

The beak is also measured

The beak is also measured

Federal and state bands are fitted and attached

Federal and state bands are fitted and attached for identification

The fledgling is weighed and the result recorded

The fledgling is weighed and the result recorded

Gainey is almost ready to be returned to the nest

Gainey is almost ready to be returned to the nest

Two baby bald eagles share an enclosure for a few hours

Two baby bald eagles share an enclosure for a few hours

We have all been following the birth, growth, and development of the baby bald eagle at the Gainey nest for several months. It seems the little guy has been making a few tentative flights recently to the delight of the neighbors. Then, late last week, he was observed on the ground showing some signs of a possible leg problem. Bad landings when you’re learning how to fly are not uncommon (believe me, I KNOW!) and just to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong with the little eagle, he was brought in for examination to determine the extent of any injury. While he was in our care, he got the full banding treatment from Kyle and Michelle (AZGFD) including measuring certain body parts to determine gender, weighing him, and putting bands on his legs for future identification. Thankfully, x-rays showed no fractures and the little guy was returned to his parents in the nest! (The other little guy came in a few weeks ago and is still awaiting release…)

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(As most of the changes to the new facility are coming slowly now – in the form of changes and modifications, no overt additions happened last week.  As things are finished and added, I’ll post more pictures when they occur!)

 

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This Week @ Liberty – May 23, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

Falling in love with an educational animal is collateral damage of being a wildlife educator.  When they leave this earth having been your faithful sidekick, it leaves a scar in your heart and your soul.  There it is…out in the open for all to see.  It happens, and if you are immune to it there is something suspect about you.

This past week we lost a charismatic creature…all full of spit and vinegar…and smart beyond words.  It was Rupert, one of our educational ravens.  There are so many anecdotes about Rupert that I could fill a book and maybe someday I will, but not just yet while the scar is still red and raw.  Suffice it to say, he will be remembered for a long time by many people…those he loved and those he seemed to “loathe” although I am convinced his crabbiness towards some was a front and a bit of a manipulative behavior so he got what he wanted.  Rupert was one smart dude.

Jan and her buddy Rupert

Jan and her buddy Rupert

There is a positive and a negative side to being in an administrative position in a rehabilitation and education facility.  The positive is that I don’t have time anymore to be able to fall in love with an animal I work with every day from the point of trying to save a life, to training that same animal when release was no longer an option and ultimately to presenting that special friend to students of all ages near and far. The negative is that I don’t get to do any of those things anymore.

I know that is an oddly juxtaposed statement.  Why is it good to not be able to do the things that drew me into this business?  It is good because the heartbreak when they are no longer around doesn’t seem so unbearable.  I haven’t been able to get so attached.

From my somewhat sheltered spot now, I can see the grandeur of the education animals as they are being worked with, being taken to educational programs, being heroes in the eyes of eager students…but I don’t have the luxury of the connection…the real “stare you in the eyes and connect” kind of connection.  And deeply that is my total loss.

Rupert Raven 2

There are enough educational animals left that adorned my arm over the years and each one of those have wormed their ways into my heart. That is a permanent condition.  When they move on to their next lives, the spot they held in my heart seeps…I just can’t help it…nor can anyone else who has had the honor to work with these majestic creatures.

Rupert is one of those seepages.  He was a fun, smart, challenging entity.  He will be sorely missed; his maniacal laugh will no longer echo through the enclosures; his trickster words will no longer be heard. But all of us will remember him, and those antics will live in our memories.  Happy trails old guy…you rocked.

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Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for this year is now at 2777.

OK, so I said we were going to post less frequently due to the move, but until we get that elusive “Certificate of Occupancy,” we’ll probably keep grinding out weekly updates. As soon as we actually start  moving stuff in, we will truncate the publication schedule until we get mostly moved in. In the meantime, animals continually arrive needing care. From hummingbirds to bald eagles and everything in between, the volunteers are steadily busy providing the best medical and supportive care possible. Some animals got released, and one of our long time favorites made the journey over the rainbow bridge (see HHH above). I got to take some shots of the new facility at night last week and I’ve included those today. Here’s the short update for this week…

Little bald eagle comes in (photo by Susie)

Little bald eagle comes in (photo by Susie)

The little guy is finally getting his share of the food!

The little guy is finally getting his share of the food!

We got in a baby (10 weeks old) bald eagle recently. He is really small and it seems he was being bullied by his nest mates. This is not an unusual occurrence in the world of bald eagles but he is lucky he was discovered and brought to us. He was dehydrated and emaciated but otherwise mostly structurally intact. He is now in the condor room back near the eagle enclosures. We’ll keep you updated on his condition.

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Three baby hummers

Three baby hummers

On the other end of the size spectrum, three more baby hummingbirds came in for care. Susie says we are doing really well in terms of success with hummers this year and that’s always good to hear! As we learn more about what works and what needs improvement in out treatment, more and more of these tiny guys will survive until release.

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Red eared slider got hooked

Red eared slider got hooked

I live for the day when people finally get the message about not discarding fishing gear into the environment. This unfortunate red eared slider wound up with a fish hook in his eye which we were able to remove. In most cases, animals like this will swallow the hooks and lures which make treatment much more difficult and dangerous. Spread the word: If you’re going to go fishing, pick up after yourself and never leave unwanted gear in the environment for animals to find. It rarely ends well for them.

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Another hatchling GHO

Another hatchling GHO

Nostril cleaning

Nostril cleaning

Laura flushes the baby's nares and ears

Laura flushes the baby’s nares and ears

The rate of baby owl arrivals has tapered off slightly, but little owlets still come in. This little guy came in presenting infestation with some of the more noxious intrusions that baby owls can acquire. His nose, ears and mouth were all cleaned and flushed and since he is so small, he was placed in a brooder prior to being assigned a foster mom for proper raising and imprinting.

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Jan releases a BuOw

Jan releases a BuOw (photo by Nina)

"The sky looks bigger here..."

“The sky looks bigger here…” (photo by Nina)

Surveying the new world around him

Surveying the new world around her (photo by Nina)

On May 19th Nina wrote:

“Today we released the 23 ADOT owls.  We took them to SCC with their approval.  Dr. John Weser joined us for the release.  Several Abs (Artificial Burrow System) had been previously installed and hopefully the owls will make their new home there.”

Click here for a video of some of the birds going free. (video by Nina)

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Enclosure mates

Enclosure mates

And I just thought this was an interesting shot of two of our RTH orphans sharing a perch in the 60 ft. enclosure. Freedom is that much closer!

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Update on the Rob and Melani Walton Campus

Ed enclosures nearing completion

Ed enclosures nearing completion

Rehab enclosures going up

Rehab enclosures going up

Approaching at night

Approaching at night

Moonlight over Liberty

Moonlight over Liberty

North side at night

North side at night

Peaceful evening

Peaceful evening

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This Week @ Liberty – May 16, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Dierctor

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

One of the fun things that happened at last week’s Wishes for Wildlife was the distribution of milkweed plants to guests as they left.  I was so impressed by how enthusiastic people were about getting the plug of antelope Horns milkweed or Arizona milkweed.
The distribution was part of the Desert Botanical Garden’s new initiative, the Great Milkweed Grow Out.  The program/initiative is designed to address the conservation of Monarch Butterflies.  Monarchs have been declining in population for decades due basically to loss of habitat, the thief that is stealing a  great number of species from us.

Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on and that the caterpillars eat. It is the Garden’s plan to grow thousands of milkweeds to plant across Phoenix and the area beyond to assist the Monarchs as they take on their Herculean migration through the area.

The Milkweed was distributed to guests as they left the event, carefully contained in the tubular plug with explicit directions on how to plant them in the yard…allowing each guest to have a part in the conservation of Monarchs.

Milkweed with Caterpillars

Milkweed with Caterpillars

So, with that in mind I set out to transplant my milkweed into my habitat.  I very much wanted to do my part!  It took me a few days of watering and planning to prepare to plant them.  In the meantime, voila, I had two caterpillars munching away on the leaves.  I was so excited.  And, they were quite beautiful as they munched away in their graceful manner.

I went straight to my resources, my friend Gail, to find out exactly what I was “growing” and found out that even though it was not Monarchs at this time, it was Queen butterflies (regal all the same) easily identified by three sets of antennae while Monarchs have two sets…that is a nifty distinction!

I want to shout out a big applause to Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden for the initiative, the Great Milkweed Grow Out and to the Roosevelt School’s Center of Sustainability’s Greenhouse where the milkweed plugs are being grown.

And, I look forward to bountiful butterflies in my future.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now up to 2481.

Now that we’re in “Recovery Mode” from Wishes for Wildlife, plans for the Über move to the new facility advance to the forefront. When you think about relocating a facility as diverse and far reaching as Liberty Wildlife, and the fact that we’ve been in one place for over 35 years, you begin to appreciate the immensity of the task. It won’t happen in a day, a week, or probably even a month, but it’ll be a process only ending when the last animal is heading south to 2600 E Elwood. With that in mind, we’re planning on posting HHH and TW@L on an abbreviated schedule over the next few weeks so we can put more time and effort into the move. If Monday rolls around and you don’t get the usual notification about an update, you can always go to the website and check the bottom button under the “Publications” tab. If there is no update, no notification will be sent – this’ll save us some e-postage as well.  In the meantime, here’s what happened last week…

Dr. Orr works on an injured duckling

Dr. Orr works on an injured duckling

Although most ducklings flow through our care fairly quickly, once in a while one needs the services of one of our top-notch vets. Last week Dr. Orr took some time to repair the damage to the skin on top of this little duckling’s head. When he has healed sufficiently, he will be placed with foster care at one of the rehabbers who have volunteered to take in baby ducks found abandoned in valley pools and back yards this season.

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Screech with head injury

Screech with head injury

A screech owl was brought to our facility last week presenting symptoms of  head trauma. Like most birds, window collisions (along with automobile collisions) are a demonstrable threat to screech owls as they are apt to live in close proximity to human development. ( John Glitsos once found one living in a cardboard box inside his garage!) This little guy might have some fairly serious head issues as his eyesight could be impaired by the head injury. Time and observation will tell…

Palm tree was a screech owl home

Palm tree was a screech owl home

Tim and Denise work to save baby screech

Tim and Denise work to save one of the baby screech owls

Orphan baby screech is examined

Orphan baby screech is examined

We’ve said time and time again that springtime is NOT the proper time to trim trees, especially if the trimming involves cutting the tree down! Last week somebody decided to cut down a palm tree which had served as a home for a family of screech owls and four babies were inside the cavity when the trunk came down. Two of the little owls died as a result, and two more are trying to survive the ordeal – with Liberty’s help. Stressed to the max and dehydrated, the two little birds that survived the removal of their home are in our care and hopefully will be released in the future.

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Examining an incoming bat

Examining an incoming bat

I don't think he likes being examined...

I don’t think he likes being examined…

This little guy came in last week, most likely a free tailed bat, but the jury is still out (there are nearly 1,000 species of bats in the world!). We don’t get many bats at Liberty, and only certain of us are allowed to handle them as they are the No. 1 rabies vector species in Arizona. That doesn’t mean that all bats are rabid, but they are very reclusive, preferring the company of other bats. If you are able to find one in the daytime away from the rest of a large colony, that qualifies as abnormal behavior and indicates that something might be wrong. Remember: never touch a bat without protection. It’s bad for you and bad for the bat! Call Liberty Wildlife for assistance with any bat you find.

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very looking handled nets... (Photo supplied by Nina)

Very looong handled nets…
(Photo supplied by Natalia)

Recently a coot was found basically trapped in a sump pump pool at the SRP generating station in Gilbert. Like many water fowl, coots have a very high wing-loading and thus require a long take-off roll which the small pool didn’t allow. To add to the danger was the fact that hot water trickled into the pool and periodically a large torrent of the steaming liquid rushed in threatening to boil the trapped bird. Tony and Nina used some ingenuity and finally got the bird free and it was able to run to a more suitable place for an airborne departure.

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Raven beak peeks out

Raven beak peeks out

With lots of raven nest relocations this spring, lots of releases take place. This bird found the one “buttonhole” in the camouflage covering to the box in which it was being transported. Ravens don’t have much in the way of “talons,” but their beaks are to be avoided at all cost! No danger of permanent damage, but PAIN is their main weaponry!

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Many legged quail

Many legged quail (photo by Stacey)

Looking to be the next character in Game of Thrones, this “Many Legged Quail” was photographed by Stacey recently as the daddy bird covered his youngsters as they look for warmth, food, and protection. Nice shot!

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Stacey and Diego (photo by Doris Pedersen)

Stacey and Diego (photo by Doris Pedersen)

And speaking of Stacey, here is a shot of her at recent education event displaying Diego, one of our Education burrowing owls. Even though our Education season is nearly over, we try to meet the public whenever and where ever we can! Diego almost matches the picture of Frodo on her shirt!

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New neighbors

New neighbors (photo by Doris Pedersen)

Another shot by Doris, this time of a wild burrowing owl with the new Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife past the bridge in the background! I guess we’ll have some cool new neighbors.

From across the river (photo by Doris)

From across the river (photo by Doris)

Another view of the new facility, this one from across the river…

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Construction update on the new facility

Main Reception area

Main Reception area

North side

North side

Education side enclosures

Education side enclosures

New apron to the wetlands wall

New apron to the wetlands wall

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This Week @ Liberty – May 09, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

This has been a busy few weeks with last minute preparations for our annual fund raiser, Wishes for Wildlife.  It was a great success raising money for the operations supporting our mission to nurture the nature of Arizona.  On top of that I was able to make the following announcement related to our capital campaign:

I am thrilled to be able to announce that Liberty Wildlife has been awarded a grant from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation for $2,000,000 in support of our new facility and ultimately to the mission of Liberty Wildlife.

Rob and Melani have been known here at home and around the world for their generous support of conservation, environmental and sustainability initiatives. They have given of their own resources and of their own spirit and energy to support the mission of their foundation. 

 We are humbled by their generosity and blessed to have them here in our community. INew slide am pleased, and honored beyond words that their names will appear on our new building, which is now nearing completion on the Rio Salado.  Our facility will be known as The Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife.” 

THANK YOU ROB!  THANK YOU MELANI!  We are eternally grateful for your trust in us and our work.

And of course, there are many other people to thank for making the wonderful event happen again.  We thank the Benefit Chair, Sharon Sneva, the Honorary Corporate Chairs, Sharon and Ollie Harper, the Legacy Award winners, the Bald Eagle Nest Watch Program, the Omni Montelucia, SRP for printing and Mark Kenger for AV services, Michael Barnard of the Phoenix Theatre, Desert Botanical Garden Great Milkweed Grow Out, Terry Stevens for well, everything, and Carol Suits and her volunteer contingent, all of the donors to our auction, all of the attendees, and ALL OF THE GUARDIANS and their friends and family who helped…all of them corralled by our fearless leader, Peggy Cole.  This event has a bazillion moving parts and couldn’t be done without the help of many…way too many to single out here.

You know who you are, but you might not know how much I appreciate you and all of the energy you put into the success of the event…months and months of energy!

Yes, indeed, creating a good thing, does take a village!  Thanks to all of you.

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Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for this year now stands at 2146.

Wow, what a couple of weeks…and what an event! Lots of different species are coming in (it’s migration time!) and some of them are running into problems. Between moving animals, moving Liberty’s facility, and trying NOT to move baby orphan birds, the volunteers are all moving constantly! Some of the birds make it, and unfortunately some do not, but all get the same stellar level of care. If there is an upside, it’s that the Education season is over until the Fall and this takes the pressure off of that area of our operation. Along this line, another successful Wishes for Wildlife is history and we want to thank all of the volunteers who worked long hours to make it the best and most successful one yet!

Pretty western tanager

Pretty western tanager

Yellow warbler gets examined

Yellow warbler gets examined

Two of the prettiest birds that we saw recently were these two migrants who ran into trouble as they passed through Arizona on their long trip. The western tanager and the little yellow warbler were both found and brought to our intake window by observant members of the public who cared about their world and environment. Birds like these not only contribute to the health of the planet, but bring beauty to the world we all share.

Young screech owl

Young screech owl

This little screech owl was brought in, seemingly intact, but exhibiting behavior that suggests a possibly imprinted bird. Further observation will tell the tale…

Softshell turtle with fishing line

Softshell turtle with fishing line

Another turtle that somehow got into a local lake and found some discarded fishing gear came in. This soft-shelled turtle will be x-rayed to determine how big his problem is as all we can see externally is the line (to the right of his mouth in the picture)

Turtle after automobile collision

Jan flushes the wounds on this turtle after an automobile collision (Photo by volunteer)

Fishing line is not the only danger turtles face out in the wild. This red eared slider was crushed by a passing car and then was brought to Liberty. After immediate triage, he was scheduled for surgery which is taking place today (Monday) to repair the broken shell. The full extent of any internal injuries is not known at this time.

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Baby GHO tied up in string

Baby GHO tied up in string (photo by Susie Vaught)

String involvement

String involvement (photo by Susie Vaught)

Usually the birds and animals we take in who are having problems with fishing line and other types of “string” are the water fowl. In this case, however, two baby great horned owls somehow got tangled up in some kind of fibrous material from their nest (formerly occupied by a raven family). The babies were brought in by a biologist from the Salt River Pima reservation near the rodeo grounds.

Mama GHO in an inappropriate place

Mama GHO in an inappropriate place (photo by Nancy Andison)

Nancy with rescued baby GHO

Nancy with rescued baby GHO (photo by John Glitsos)

One of the babies who fell out

One of the babies who fell out (photo by John Glitsos)

John starts to place the new nest in the tree

John starts to place the new nest in the tree (photo by Nancy Andison)

New home for baby gho's

New home – and some food – for baby gho’s (photo by John Glitsos)

The tree with the new nest

The tree with the new nest (photo by Nancy Andison)

Mom is back and seems to like the new home

Mom and dad are back and seem to like the new home

And while we’re talking about baby GHO’s, this nest was found in a somewhat precarious and unprotected position in a tree at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. The bag boys who noticed the baby owls who had been blown from the nest by the recent high winds. Knowing of her association with Liberty Wildlife, they called volunteer Nancy Andison who engineered the rescue. She took the fallen babies to Liberty for a check up after which Rescue volunteer John Glitsos was called to install a more robust nest for the owl family. He climbed up a ladder onto the tree and secured a much stronger basket in place with screws which should provide more support in high wind conditions. He then put the babies along with some supplemental food into the basket/nest, and came back later to check on the conditions. The mom and dad had returned and were feeding and looking after the kids. Nice job by Nancy and John!

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Wishes for Wildlife

Wishes for Wildlife

Lots of activity at the registration table

Lots of activity at the registration table (Photo by Lesley Guenther)

Successful bidding requires strategy!

Successful bidding requires strategy! (Photo by Lesley Guenther)

Joe and Aurora greet guests (Photo by Lesley Guenther)

Joe and Aurora get the “Cell phone salute” (Photo by Lesley Guenther)

Senator McCain meets Quanah and Sara (Photo by Lesley Guenther)

Senator McCain meets Quanah and Sara (Photo by Lesley Guenther)

GHO release closes the event (photo by Marian Van Dyke)

GHO release closes the event (photo by Marian Van Dyke)

Our annual fund raiser – Wishes for Wildlife – was held last Saturday night at the Montelucia resort in Paradise Valley. A nearly full house enjoyed perfect weather and a chance to mingle with supporters and volunteers (minus the usual covering of t-shirts, jeans, and mouse parts!) in a social setting. After the silent auction and prior to the dinner, Megan announced the naming of the new facility as The Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife following their wonderful grant of $2 million. It was truly a magical event on a magical evening!

Click here to see the W4W video for this year.

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New Facility update

The first pieces of furniture (desks) are inside the building

The first pieces of our own furniture (desks) are inside the building

Another enclosure goes up

Another enclosure goes up

Wetlands at sunset

Wetlands at sunset

Sunset on copper wall

Sunset on copper wall

The Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty at dusk

“The Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife” at dusk

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This Week @ Liberty – May 02, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers & This Week @ Liberty

The intake total is now up to 1877.

We’re working on Wishes for Wildlife this week

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the move to the new facility.

We’ll return next week with a new update!

 

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This Week @ Liberty – April 25, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby - Executive Director

Megan Mosby – Executive Director

A really big thanks goes out to the hearty souls who helped us shovel the pea gravel in the bottom of our education ambassador enclosures.  Somehow it is always less work when you do it in a group, and you do it for an important purpose.

Terry, Tim, Ken, Amy, Robin, Mary, John, Dick with his Bobcat and I assembled at our new facility at around 7 on Saturday morning (and Doris who came out on Sunday morning!) clad with our sun protection and armed with our rakes and shovels.  Having the gravel nicely deposited into each quad of enclosures made our job much easier…very little wheel barrowing was necessary much to our relief.

It is hard to say that manual labor is fun, but it was because there was such a great sense ofGravel crew purpose.  The enclosures part of the facility is one of the last things to go up, but it’s an absolute necessity to begin our move to 2600 E. Elwood…a great incentive to get the rest of the enclosures up.  We are hoping to keep our old facility functional, but I believe it has gotten wind that we will be deserting it, and there is some serious pouting going on making life not so easy in the meantime…if you get my drift.

One thing that I really liked about our work day was the camaraderie of people with a same purpose… people who might volunteer on different days not really knowing each other…just knowing that the cause made the connection.  The other part that was special for me was that it felt like all of these folks were connected to the new site in a bonding sort of way.  They played a huge part in making it happen.  They are a part of the process which has been long and sometimes a little lonely.  It needs to be shared!

If you missed out on playing a part in the “barn building” sense of belongingness you get another chance to help gravel the rehabilitation enclosures next weekend.  If we get a big crowd, it can be done in a morning.  Come join us with your rake and shovel and sense of spirit and camaraderie and be a part of the completion of our dream.  Please let us know if you want to join us so we can update you if there are any changes. (megan@libertywildlife.org)

On another note, a wonderful thing that I want to mention is that Dr. Kathy Orr, founder of Liberty Wildlife, is going to be recognized by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association for her dedication and outstanding work for wildlife through Liberty Wildlife for the past 35 years.  Congratulations Kathy!  It is a well-deserved recognition.  We thank you, the community thanks you, and over 80,000 wildlife critters thank you!

And, who will I see next Saturday morning?  Who will be a physical part of the dream?  Who will share in the camaraderie?  Let me know.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 1579.

As always this time of year, it’s raining baby owls – both great horneds and barns. Most are just early nest bailers, though some are injured, and some are sick. The Medical Services staff is busy with the ones that need help, and the Orphan Care people are continually feeding and monitoring the helpless baby passerines and other altricial young. Some long term patients are still here getting treatment as they recover, and amidst all this, preparations for Wishes for Wildlife continue as well as planning for our move to the new facility. The level of activity has never been higher, so let’s take a look at what happened last week…

Grandpa finally wakes up!

Grandpa finally wakes up!

Grandpa, our 75+ year old desert tortoise is finally awake after his winter hibernation. He’s still moving a little slowly as he patrols the rear enclosure, but given his age, everybody is just glad to see him again. He has a couple of years on me (he was probably  a youngster when Pearl Harbor was bombed!) and shows some signs of wear but I know just how he feels!

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Wednesday Orphan care

Wednesday Orphan care

Cameron on the Friday OC team feeds some sparrows

Cameron on the Friday OC team feeds some sparrows (photo by Stacey)

Baby verdin gets some care

Baby verdin gets some care (photo by Stacey)

The Orphan Care area is the happiest sounding place at Liberty – and the busiest! Each shift is charged with feeding the seemingly never-ending collection of tiny peeping babies that need temperature control and the proper type of food every few minutes. The good news is they grow fairly rapidly and don’t spend a lot of time in our care. The other side of the coin is they just keep coming! Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who spend hours each day continually feeding and then cleaning (what goes in must come out – rather soon!) the berry baskets and bins full of tiny feathered life.

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Lonely orphan barn owl

Lonely orphan barn owl

Slightly older baby

Slightly older baby

Dr. Orr works on an adult barn owl

Dr. Orr works on an adult barn owl

Barn owls can have large families of up to 6 babies. Because each egg is incubated as it is laid and possibly a day and a half can elapse between eggs, there can be almost two weeks difference in the age of the first hatched to the last. Rescuers have all experienced a second (or third) call as the babies from a given nest are found. We have a good team of foster parent barnies to help raise orphans from the little white alien life forms they appear to be in the nest to the beautiful birds they become.

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Carl brings in another GHO orphan

Carl brings in another GHO orphan

Little GHO looks healthy...

This little GHO looks healthy…

...but here's what avian canker looks like before it is cured.

…but here’s what avian canker looks like before it is cured.

One of the bigger problems we see in the avian population is avian canker (or “frounce” as falconers call it). This is a common name for trichomoniasis and is a protozoan parasite of pigeons and doves, raptors, turkeys and chickens. If we find it early enough, it is fairly curable with the proper medicine. But when it is in the later stages, it is dangerous because as the growth dies and is removed, open sores appear behind it and fatal bleeding can result. As it is passed frequently through sharing infected water supplies, periods of low rainfall place birds at greater risk.

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Burned raven makes it outside!

Burned raven makes it outside!

And in case you were wondering, the burned raven remains with us and has recovered sufficiently to be transferred to an outside enclosure. He still has a long road ahead, but his spirit is undaunted and he seems to be relating well to the other ravens in the enclosure. Hopefully he will begin to grow new feathers fairly soon.

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New ICU

New ICU

Surgery lights go in

Surgery lights go in

Water fountains have a recording bottle filler feature

Water fountains have a recording bottle filler feature

Speaking of water,  here's a key part of the rainwater recovery system

Speaking of water, here’s a key part of the rainwater recovery system

Our own solar farm on the roof

Our own solar farm on the roof

Awaiting the arrival of the Auxilliary building

Awaiting the arrival of the Auxilliary building

The second enclosure prototype goes up

The second enclosure prototype goes up

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