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By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Accipiters are some of the most impressive hawks you've never seen. Rather than conspicuously perch out on telephone poles or highway lights, members of the accipiter genus are forest-dwellers, known as much for their skittish personalities as they are for their sublimely quick reflexes. Think about how impressive it is to see a hawk chasing a rabbit; think about that contest of speed, and how every move the rabbit makes, the raptor has to match or else lose its meal. Now imagine how hard it would be to do that in a forest where almost nothing is a straight shot. Your food has plenty of obstacles to throw between you and it, and simply keeping up doesn't cut it; you need to overtake it, all while countering its evasive actions dodge for dodge, and being careful not to collide with any number of tree trunks, lurking branches, or masses of brush in your way. Oh, and did we mention you're chasing a bird?

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

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

This month, we continue our quest to find foods that use bird-sustainable food farming practices. So, pour yourself a cup of shade-grown coffee and

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Summer reading list

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

As the long hot days of summer approach, a good reading list is in order. Like the seed catalogs of a gardener, books can inspire our future journeys. Here's a sampling of books, new and classic, about birds, Southwest nature and wildlife in general. Most are available as ebooks.

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2013 February calendar

You're invited!

Monthly Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation/Tour

When: Sat, June 8, 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, June 1, 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324

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. Watch some babies in their nests - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has live cameras in Ithaca, New York, monitoring many nests including a blue heron nest and a red-tailed hawk nest. Click on the links to watch the parents and babies. Then go to the Minnesota link where a camera is watching bald eagles and their 2 eaglets.

  2. Find a book you'd like to read this summer.
    • Look Who Lives in the Desert!: Bouncing and Pouncing, Hiding and Gliding, Sleeping and Creeping | Grades 1-3 | Brooke Bessesen (Author)
    • Desert Night Desert Day | Grades K-2 | Anthony D. Fredericks (Author), Kenneth J. Spengler (Illustrator)
    • Here Is the Southwestern Desert (Web of Life) | Grades K-3 | Madeleine Dunphy (Author), Anne Coe (Illustrator)
    • Cactus Hotel (An Owlet Book) | Grades K-3 | Brenda Z. Guiberson (Author), Megan Lloyd (Illustrator)
    • Around One Cactus: Owls, Bats and Leaping Rats (Sharing Nature With Children Book) | Grades K-3 | Anthony D. Fredericks (Author), Jennifer Dirubbio (Illustrator)
    • A Desert Habitat (Introducing Habitats) | K-4 | Kelley MacAulay (Author), Bobbie Kalman (Author)
    • Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal (Sharing Nature With Children Book) | Grades 3-5 | Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini (Author) A good example of how to journal!
    • Southwest Desert Wildlife Nature Activity Book (Children's Nature Activity Book) | Grade 4 and up | J. M. Kavanagh (Author), Raymond Leung (Illustrator)
  3. Hawk Math - Cooper's hawks + sharp-shinned hawks + goshawks = accipiters
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