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Unintended Visitor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Arizona is home to all manner of landscapes and any number of simply stunning species. While Liberty Wildlife volunteers exist first and foremost to aid injured wildlife, we are nonetheless privileged to see some of the most beautiful animals in the world in an up-close, intimate setting. The one landscape you will not find here, however, is an ocean one; yet during the summer, we sometimes treat, of all things, pelicans. Lots of them. Why are they here, in Arizona, and how are they getting hurt in such numbers that we sometimes have a dozen or more on site at once?

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

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

While other desert critters soar, slither, skulk or hippity-hop, the desert tortoise laboriously pulls his bulky shell up and down unyielding hillsides. His leathery and elephantine legs seem attached at wrong angles for ambulatory activities, surely better suited to digging. Desert tortoises live out most of their years in burrows, emerging only to feed, to soak up sunshine and to breed or fight, depending on the sex of the other tortoises they encounter.

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An Environmentally Friendly Garden

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

"If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener." (Chinese proverb)

Many Arizona households engage in some level of gardening or lawn care every year. Some do it for beautiful flowers, lush grass, or fresh fruits and vegetables; some for the peace and quiet or the connection to nature. Most home gardeners already see evidence of global warming in their own backyards with droughts, floods, pests, and weeds which can be challenging. You can do more than merely adapt to these new conditions; you can make climate-friendly choices in your garden that do not add to the problem.

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2013 August calendar

You're invited!

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, October 5, 12:00 noon - 4:30pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

Monthly Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation/Tour

When: Sat, October 15, 8:30 - 9:30am
Where: Liberty Wildlife Facility
Please go to our web site for more information and to submit an application.

2013 White Mountain Science Festival

When: Sat, October 12, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: White Mountain Wildlife and Nature Center, 425 S. Woodland Rd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ (map)

Rio Salado Audubon Center

When: Sat, October 12, 10:30am - 12 noon
Where: 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 (map)

Weekly Event at Scottsdale Hyatt Resort

When: Fri, October 18 & 25, November 1, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Rd., Scottsdale, AZ (map)

Owls of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

When: Fri, October 18, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: Alma School and Dynamite, Scottsdale, AZ (map)

Brown's Ranch Trailhead Grand Opening, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

When: Sat, October 19, 8:00am
Where: 30301 N. Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ

Gilbert Riparian Bird Walks with DRAS

When: Sat, October 19, 7:30am - 11:00am
Where: 2762 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ (map)

Wild Birds Unlimited

When: Sat, October 19, 10:30am - 3:00pm
Where: 2110 E Baseline Road, Suite 1, Mesa 85204 (map)

Cave Creek Wicked Pet Fair

When: Sat, October 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 6032 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (map)

San Tan Mountain Regional Park HOWLoween Bash

When: Sat, October 26, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 6533 West Phillips Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85242 (map)

McDowell Mountain Regional Park Bird Walk

When: Wed, October 30, 7:30am - 8:30am
Where: 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (map)

Veterans Oasis Bird Walks with DRAS

When: Sat, November 2, 7:30am - 11:00am
Where: 4050 E Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249 (map)

Wild West Days

When: Sat, November 2, 11:30am - 3:00pm
Where: 6032 E. Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ, 85331 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, November 2, 11:30am - 3:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (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

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