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By: Terry Stevens, Liberty Wildlife Operations Director

In 1987, Liberty Wildlife took in a sad, scrawny, great horned owl fledgling. The bird had obviously been kept by some humans who may have thought they were helping an orphan but, without training in the nature of GHO's, they fell short in their efforts. By hand-feeding him hamburger meat and chicken tissue, they not only deprived him of the calcium he needed to strengthen his bones, but they also deeply imprinted the little owl, dooming him to a life without freedom.

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By: Greg Martin, Medical Services Volunteer

Hawks and owls essentially have a timeshare agreement. At sundown, hawks and other diurnal raptors seek a safe place to spend the night, preferably high off the ground and concealed from predators. At the same time, owls emerge from their own roosting spots, sanctuaries where they had whiled away the daylight hours waiting for darkness to come. Ecologically speaking, everything works well, and the two sides make the most of their half a day on the hunt. What sounds like a happy arrangement becomes decidedly less so, though, when you learn that they've been known to kill one another if they catch each other roosting.

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By: Jan Miller, Animal Care Coordinator

When asked to write a little story about my favorite bird, I really had to ponder the question. Is it Apache, the golden eagle, who has taught me so much about eagles and handling birds with great disabilities? Is it Acoma, the magnificent red-tail, the first bird I ever had the joy to work with? Or Lance, the Harris' hawk, who came back from the brink of death fighting so hard for his life and ultimately becoming our star bird in free flight?

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By: Art Smith, Medical Services Volunteer

Many of you enjoy, as I do, taking an early morning walk, hearing the birds and seeing the vibrant colors of the desert this time of year. The dusty pink of the ironwood, the various hues of yellow on the palo verde, desert marigold, cholla and brittlebush and the various shades of red on the cactus that are blooming. We take these for granted. The possibility of never seeing these again is very real. Invasive grasses could be the end of the vegetation life we now know and enjoy in the Sonoran Desert. The invasive that is of greatest concern is buffelgrass, Pennisetum ciliare.

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