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Warming Winter

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Bird nests in Arizona may be as tiny as a thimble or as big as a compact car. Intricacy of nest designs range from a few sticks scratched together on a ledge (dove) to a woven pouch sewn to a palm frond (hooded oriole). Nests are built in thickets of cacti bristling with sharp spines and in the hearts of mistletoe.

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Red tails | Reclaimed water revives wetlands
Raising a Raptor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

For a raptor, being a parent is a taxing ordeal. Male and female raptors give everything they have into preparing a nesting site, defending their eggs, feeding their family and nurturing their young until those helpless, down-covered hatchlings are ready to fly and to hunt for themselves. Yet the mortality rate for those young birds of prey is sometimes as high as 80%. Being a predator means a constant fight for survival, every day of your life.

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Backyard winter visitors

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

It is estimated that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity–enough energy to power the average American home for six months.

Learn to be a responsible consumer, look for and purchase products with labels that say they contain “post-consumer material” (something that was used and recycled). Choose those that have the higher percentage of PCM.

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2013 February calendar

Monthly Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora, a Bald Eagle

When: Saturday, March 2, 12 noon–4:30pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Monthly Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation/Tour

When: Saturday, March 9, 9am–10am
Where: Liberty Wildlife Facility
Please visit our web site for more information and to submit an application

Baby Shower for Orphaned Baby Birds at Cactus Park

When: Saturday, March 23, 10am–2pm
Where: Liberty Wildlife Facility
Where: 7202 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale

Weekly Event at Scottsdale Hyatt Resort

When: Friday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 3:30pm–5:00pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Rd., Scottsdale

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

  1. Bird Word Scramble Quiz
  2. Bird Word Scramble Answers
  3. Bird's Nest Research Challenge
  4. Bird's Nest Comparison–Big and Small

Plus, check out these kid-friendly sites:

1. SW Florida bald eagle nest with two chicks named Hope and Honor and their parents, Ozzie and Harriet. One eaglet was born on January 1st and the other January 3rd.
Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

2. The filming of Sandpiper babies in their nest.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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