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By: Megan Mosby, Liberty Wildlife Executive Director

Perhaps you remember about this time last year (2010) we were readying Condor #133 for a return to the Vermilion Cliffs. She was held in a flight cage on the North Rim in order to assess her readiness for release after long months of rehabilitation resulting from exposure to lead. Condor #133 was one of the original condors released in the Grand Canyon and the last one of that original group remaining in the wild. She is very special. She and her mate had reproduced in the wild, and she had great hope for a long and productive life...except for the lead issue.

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By: Terry Stevens, Liberty Wildlife Operations Director

On April 13, 2007, volunteer Mary Williams drove down from her home in Payson with a bird that had been "rescued" by someone up on the Mogollon Rim. They had found the bird on the ground, probably after it had exited its nest prematurely. They held it for three weeks, feeding it only egg yolks and vitamins. The bird had a broken leg that had been wrapped, but the wrap was not enough to hold the bones in position, so the leg splayed out to the side, which caused the good leg to bend out as well. Both legs eventually had to be re-broken and braced so the bird could stand normally. They also had tried to clean out his nostrils and in the process, had damaged his nares. The poor bird was not in good shape.

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By: Joanne Mayer

It's not an easy task to pick a "favorite" among our education birds. But, if you force yourself to choose, there will be one that tugs at your heart a bit stronger. During my 10 years at Liberty Wildlife, I have worked in all the areas. For the last 8 years, no matter where I was working, there was Magellan. And now, last week, Magellan laid an egg! After years as a "he," we are back to being a "she" Magellan, of course, always knew what she was!

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By: Greg Martin, Liberty Wildlife Medical Services Volunteer

Mourning doves are among the most common birds we treat at Liberty Wildlife, coming to us both as adults and among the thousands of orphans we care for during the spring and summer months. The average lifespan of a mourning dove is one to one and a half years, which makes for a pretty fast turnover rate in a population that numbers roughly 500 million in North America. With a clutch size of only two eggs, it's a wonder they exist in the numbers they do.

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By: Claudia Kirscher, Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Do you enjoy watching the antics of thrashers and towhees out there digging away in your yard? Many birds scratch the soil looking for insects and seeds. One does not think of small owls hunting our garden soil, but they do! Consider the screech owl's unlikely symbiotic relationship with blind snakes (for all of you fans of Mrs. Plithiver, the blind nest snake, in the book series about a fantasy owl world, “Guardians of Ga'Hoole" by Kathryn Lasky).

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