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Lead poisoning – Part 3

Drs. Orr, and Wyman, Chris Parrish and Jan fight to save condor dying of lead poisoning

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

When dealing with environmental issues like lead poisoning, it’s vital to remember that we are all on the same side, whether we realize it or not. Finding common ground is what solves issues, and if enough people think to do so, they may see in members of the “opposition” a great deal of themselves. Many hunters are naturalists before they are hunters; the act of hunting simply immerses them in the wild world like few things can. It’s a way of getting back to nature and to the roots of our own species that cannot be replicated; ultimately, the environment is what matters, and members of the two “sides,” hunters and conservationists, are often the same people.

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It's a mystery to me!  (Part I) | Nature's Summer Banquet
Vibrant and vivacious mockingbird

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

The origin of common bird names can be an endless source of speculation, and the research is just plain fascinating along with a good chuckle or two about "what were they thinking?!" Some bird names were created by the colonial immigrants from England, with linguistic roots that came from English bird names, Native American, Spanish, Portuguese, French-Canadian, and Latin. Many have been named for their calls/songs, behaviors, specific habitat or color, while others were named for an individual person. Some seem to fall into a mystery or "no sense" category. Let's go exploring!

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Ripening saguaro fruits

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

You can last the summer in Arizona by keeping indoors – think malls, movies, long postponed scrapbook projects. The wild critters don't have that option, yet they manage to thrive, even raising young during these brutal months. Successful youngsters make their way in the enervating heat; seeking food early in the morning and late in the day, and finding shelter when the afternoon air shimmers and all else is still. Given the harsh environment and a robust population of predators, it is not surprising that a high percentage of baby wild animals do not survive their first year.

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By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

Have fun this month with these fun activities!

Who am I? Solve these word scrambles.

Visit these kid-friendly links:
Video: California Condor in Arizona
Learn how to draw a vulture.
Draw some animals and plants that live in the desert. Write about your picture!
How fast can you solve this jigsaw puzzle?

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