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2011 Recap – What a year!

Lead poisoning

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

An endangered California condor recently died at Liberty Wildlife after a failed battle against lead poisoning, most likely the result of ingesting a scavenged bullet fragment from a hunter’s kill. This article is the first in a three-part series examining where lead bullets come from and why we use them, the effects they have on wildlife, and a forecast of what the future may hold for both birds and bullets.

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Brainy birds at the Grand Canyon / Itsy, Bitsy Spider
Vibrant and vivacious mockingbird

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

A slender grey bird is dominating the airwaves in my neighborhood. The northern mockingbird serenades with complicated songs in an exquisite voice that carries some distance. He is brash and entertaining, seemingly compelled to constant action. The past few days while out gardening, I've been astounded and finally a little worn down by the incessant singing. Don't get me wrong, who wouldn't appreciate a bird that composes as many as 200 songs over a lifetime?

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Feeding and playing with wildlife

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Recently, when driving by a neighborhood alfalfa field, I saw a woman struggling to hold her dog on a leash as it tried to run after two coyotes who were running in circles around the woman and the dog. The coyotes would stop, do a "dog playing" position (front legs and head down to ground, hindquarters up), then leap up and begin running circles again. As I ran towards her to help, with air horn blaring and waving my hiking stick, the coyotes ran 100 yards away and stopped, merely curious. The woman turned to me and said...

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By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

Hey kids!


See what you can find in this Musical Mockingbird word search:

Musical mockingbird word search
Musical mockingbird solution

Try out these other fun, kid-friendly activities:

Hear the Mockingbird sing!

Northern Mockingbird overview

Learn to draw a bird!

How to draw the brown thrasher bird
How to draw birds that are in the distance

Backyard scientist!

Science games for kids
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