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Et tu, Bird?

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

A large hooked beak and long sharp talons are sure signs of a predator. Besides creating a fierce appearance, these two attributes superbly equip raptors to bring down prey and efficiently consume the meat.

Also called a bill or rostrum, all beaks consist of an upper mandible and a lower mandible. The mandibles are made up of tightly fused bones and are generally sharp on the edges. This allows a feathered predator to pierce a carcass and to tear meat into bite-sized pieces. The beak is also used to pull off fur, yank out feathers, to feed young and for preening. At the base of the upper mandible is a waxy protrusion called the cere, where the nostrils or nares of the raptor are located.

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The Longest Year | Bird-Friendly Food – Part 1
The Longest Year

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

As many as 80% of the birds of prey born this spring of 2013 won't survive to the spring of 2014. Few figures so starkly convey Nature's unforgiving reality. When a juvenile hawk or falcon leaves its nest, it has to survive on its own. Survival means hunt to live, but every single thing they hunt is as desperate and determined to stay alive as they themselves are.

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Backyard winter visitors

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

With bird numbers declining as a whole, would you be willing to change some of your food purchase habits to help save environment critical to avian survival? It is a simple thing to do with a little research and a close look at food labels.

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2013 February calendar

You're invited!

Wishes for Wildlife Annual Benefit Event

When: Sat, May 4, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Montelucia Resort and Spa, 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley

Monthly Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation/Tour

When: Sat, May 11, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Where: Liberty Wildlife Facility
Please go to our web site for more information and to submit an application.

Monthly Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora, a bald eagle

When: Sat, May 11, 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

WWhen: Sat, May 11, 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ

For more information and the entire list of upcoming events, go to www.libertywildlife.org under “Events” to find our calendar.

By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

Springtime Wildlife Help
It's springtime once again and all wildlife is busy making babies. Take a look at some information (not just for kids) we hope will be beneficial to you and the critters you may find in your yard and in your travels:

  1. Fledglings
  2. Walk before mowing
  3. Make a nest
  4. Baby Raptors
  5. You touched me

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