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By: Terry Stevens, Liberty Wildlife Operations Director

Advances made in one field of science often cross over to related activities - and in the world of medicine, this certainly holds true. One such migration of techniques was attempted last week as we continue to treat condor 270 for lead poisoning. Most of these cases occur when the birds eat carrion that has been shot with lead bullets.

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By: Tracey Westerhausen, Board of Directors Member

Liberty Wildlife's ability to stretch a dime into a dollar is well-known. A small army of highly skilled volunteers, for example, frees up donation money so that we can buy big items, such as medical equipment. We also have constant needs that are more mundane, such as bags of live mealworms for our patients. (Live medium mealworms are $35 for a 10,000-count bag, and we go through many bags a year, with transportation costs rising as the cost of gasoline skyrockets.

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By: Carol Marshall

My favorite bird-OMG, how can I have just one favorite. When I joined the Liberty Education Team three years ago, the very first bird of prey that ever sat on my gloved hand was Acoma, a red-tailed hawk. Acoma is like a first love-I will never, ever forget him, and there will always be a special place in my heart for him.

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By: Greg Martin, Liberty Wildlife Medical Services Volunteer

Young raptors by no means have it easy. Just because they aren't a dietary staple for other species doesn't mean death isn't lurking around every corner. A baby raptor that ends up on the ground, for whatever reason, is scarcely less vulnerable than a baby mourning dove in the same situation. And unlike mourning doves, raptors don't repeatedly clutch, meaning that a nesting red-tailed hawk really does have all of her eggs in one basket.

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By: Claudia Kirscher, Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Now that you have your spring garden planted, armed with homemade environmentally friendly pesticides, let's take a look at more ways to "green" up your backyard. One of the newer green products for outdoor construction is synthetic wood, created from recycled plastic. You can use it for fence posts, panels, trellises, furniture, and decking.

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