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By: Megan Mosby, Liberty Wildlife Executive Director

Lead has been an issue since the beginning of the Arizona reintroduction of condors. It was with great hope that the first condors were released into the Vermilion Cliffs of Northern Arizona. Many of us were there for that incredibly special occasion - in fact, it was nothing short of magic... beautiful red rocks steeped in history and spiritualism...a public filled with optimism. The landscape was throbbing with excitement and promise for the survival of a species. But the dangers lurking there would turn out to be the death knell for many of these releases.

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By: Terry Stevens, Liberty Wildlife Operations Director

In July of 2001, Liberty Wildlife got a call from some people who lived near Scottsdale Community College. They had found a baby owl on the ground and thought she had been abandoned by her parents. They took her home and did enough research to figure out a good diet for the little bird. They bought "pinkie" mice and fed her these, which made her strong and healthy, but by keeping her for almost a month and hand-feeding her continually during this time, they inadvertently created another problem for their little "rescue."

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By: Linda Scott, Liberty Wildlife Educator

Thinking about "my favorite bird" at Liberty Wildlife has been a stroll down memory lane through which I have felt both tremendous gratitude and amazement for so many individual animals. It turns out that picking a favorite is really hard. There have been so many fine feathered friends over the years.

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By: Greg Martin, Liberty Wildlife Medical Services Volunteer

Domesticated cats, like pigeons, horses, cattle, pigs, and smallpox, were introduced into the New World by European colonists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It was almost inevitable that cats, relied upon to protect hearth and home from rodents, would eventually stray beyond the confines of the farmstead, leading to the rise of feral cats, those that have regressed into a wild state in order to survive. Four hundred years later, there are an estimated 60 to 100 million feral cats living in the United States alone.

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By: Claudia Kirscher, Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Here in the United States, we are fortunate to have a turn-the-faucet and reliably clean source of drinking water. Our treatment facilities work hard to make this happen, but we humans continue to make it a tough and challenging job. Let's take a look at some of the things we do that threaten our water supply and ultimately the health of our families and the world around us. Then, let's look at some positive actions on our part to help clean up what goes down our drains.

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