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Bedtime Stories

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

We tend to think of ecosystems as carefully balanced, perpetual motion machines, where every entity, plant or animal, occupies a very specific link in the natural chain. To a large extent, that's true, but we also need to keep in mind that we, as people, have a tendency to overturn our local ecosystems in order to suit our own desires, leaving countless species scrambling to readapt. Coyotes roaming into neighborhoods are simply coyotes living in the same place they've always lived, yet having to adjust as we bulldoze and develop the desert. Birds hanging around restaurant patios and taking food dropped (or handed out) by diners are there because a steady source of food is the most valuable substance in the wild world. Man's cities, suburbs, golf courses, and, well, everything, have changed the rules for every creature. While far too many species tragically get left behind, the fact that some have learned to survive, and even thrive in our wake, is nothing short of amazing.

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Hit the ground running (Or else)
Above and Beyond the Nest

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Popular belief holds that nestling baby birds shed their fluffy down, spread newly feathered wings and launch into the skies, never to look back. In fact, many species of fledglings, feathered and flighted, stay on near the nest while their parents continue to provide meals and model foraging or hunting behaviors. For a month or more, young grackles follow their mother from tree to tree, begging loudly and learning from her what's out there to eat. Eventually she refuses to share, forcing her youngsters to strike out on their own. A male cardinal feeds his kids for up to seven weeks after they leave the nest, keeping his female free to start a second brood.

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Second-generation rodenticides and wildlife: A deadly combination

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Second-generation anticoagulant products designed to kill rats and mice are also killing birds of prey, pets like dogs and cats, and many species of wildlife, including several endangered species. Recently, the mate of famous New York City red-tailed hawk Pale Male was confirmed to have died from ingesting a poisoned rat. These products are also poisoning children, even when the products are used in accordance with the directions on the packages. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, between 1999 and 2003, over 25,000 children under the age of 6 had poisoning symptoms after exposure to rodenticides. Of these, 72% had been exposed to a second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide, brodifacoum.

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2013 June calendar

You're invited!

Monthly Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation/Tour

When: Sat, August 10, 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, August 3, 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324

2013 Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival

When: Thurs., August 1, 10am - 5pm
Fri., August 2, 8am - 3pm
Sat., August 3, 8am - 3pm
Where: Cochise College Campus, Sierra Vista map

Wild Birds Unlimited (Reptiles only)

When: Sat, July 20, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Where: 2110 E Baseline Road, Suite 1, Mesa 85204

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

Watch baby ospreys hatching. On your own, find out how long it takes osprey babies to leave the nest.

How strong is an egg? Why doesn't an adult parent break the eggs while sitting on them? Read and experiment to find out.

All About Ravens: Facts, Sounds and a Video

Mammal? Bird? Plant? Insect? Here's a sorting game for you but you have to move fast!

Plus, grab a crayon and try to draw this great horned owl:

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