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Unintended Visitor


By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

You're out at twilight, the last bit of day vanishing behind the horizon even as you stand there. Most birds will be roosting by now. The majority of them have terrible eyesight in darkness and have to find a sheltered place to await the dawn. Owls, the exception, rule the nighttime. Yet in the fading glow, you catch a glimpse of a long-winged silhouette looping through the air, very swift, very graceful. It's not shaped right to be an owl, and it's too late past sunset for it to be a hawk or falcon; whatever it is, this haunting figure is out past most other birds' bedtimes, voraciously gobbling up the many flying insects which call the evening home. Is it a bird? A plane? Well, it's obviously a bird, I guess. But it's definitely not a hawk. Or an owl. So just who is this mysterious phantom of the night?

He is…the Nighthawk.

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When Desert Tortoise Journeys | An Environmentally Friendly Garden
When Desert Tortoise Journeys

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

In October the desert's ectotherms seek hibernaculums, cozy places to curl up and avoid the chillier weather. Ectotherms are the cold-blooded critters; snakes and lizards, tortoises, frogs, toads and invertebrates such as moths and butterflies, bees and spiders. Ectotherms' body temperatures stay only slightly higher than the ambient air, so as fall comes on they spend more time in underground burrows where the air temperatures are moderate.

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An Environmentally Friendly Garden

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

"Sustainable seafood is from sources, either fished or farmed, that can maintain or increase production into the long-term without jeopardizing the affected ecosystems."

Nearly 85% of the world's fisheries are fished to capacity or overfished. As an informed consumer, you can make a difference by letting businesses, stores, and restaurants know you will buy only sustainable seafood.

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2013 August calendar


You're invited!

Monthly Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation/Tour

When: Sat, November 2, 8:30 - 9:30am
Where: Liberty Wildlife Facility
Please go to our web site for more information and to submit an application.

Veteran's Oasis Bird Walks with DRAS

When: Sat, November 2, 8:00am - 11:00am
Where: 4050 E Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249 (map)

Wild West Days

When: Sat, November 2, 12:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 6032 E. Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ, 85331 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, November 2, 12:00 noon - 4:30pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

Arizona Birds of Prey - Scottsdale Mustang Library

When: Tue, November 5, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Scottsdale Mustang Library - 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale (map)

Arizona Birds of Prey - Scottsdale Civic Center Library

When: Thu, November 7, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Library - 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (map)

Rio Salado Audubon Center

When: Sat, November 9, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Where: 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 (map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Thu, November 14, 11:30am - 12:45pm
Where: 300 Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ (map)

Arizona Birds of Prey - Scottsdale Appaloosa Library

When: Thu, November 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Scottsdale Appaloosa Library - 7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (map)

McDowell Mountain Conservancy

When: Sat, November 16, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268 (map)

Gilbert Riparian Bird Walks with DRAS

When: Sat, November 16, 8:00am - 11:00am
Where: 2762 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ (map)

Safe Haven for Animals - Tails of the Season

When: Sat, November 16, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 16615 North 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85053 (map)

Arizona Birds of Prey - Scottsdale Arabian Library

When: Tue, November 19, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: Scottsdale Arabian Library - 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (map)

Arizona Birds of Prey - Scottsdale Palomino Library

When: Thu, November 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Scottsdale Palomino Library - 12575 E. Via Linda, Suite 102, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (map)

Pueblo Grande Museum

When: Sat, November 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: 4619 E. Washington St, Phoenix AZ 85034 (map)

Pinnacle Peak Park

When: Sat, November 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: 26802 N 102nd St Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (map)

City of Phoenix Summit Challenge

When: Sat, November 23, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: 12950 N. 7th Street, Phoenix AZ 85022 (map)

Wild Birds Unlimited of Scottsdale

When: Fri, November 29, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 174 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (map)

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


Hey kids! We've got lots of fun planned for you this month - enjoy!

  1. Here are two kinds of nighthawks. Can you find the differences between them? Which one are you most likely to find in the Southwest?
    Common Nighthawk
    Lesser Nighthawk
  2. Here is a video about the common nighthawk. Listen for the funny sound its wings make! Click here
  3. Get out your eagle eyes and see what you can find in this word search : solution
  4. See what you can learn about sustainable fishing!Activity sheet : Answers
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