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Unintended Visitor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

In popular culture, the word “elf” usually brings one of two things to mind: tall, graceful woodland dwellers skilled with a bow, or tiny little toymakers employed at the North Pole making Santa’s toys. In December, the latter image is on most people’s minds, and it’s also the one that most resembles the “elf” of the raptor world, at least in stature. Birds of prey come in all shapes and sizes, and Liberty Wildlife’s education program proudly displays species as disproportionate as the mighty Golden Eagle and the ground-dwelling Burrowing Owl, one a fourteen pound behemoth and the other a nine ounce sprite. Click here to read more.

Flight of the Condor | Monarch Butterfly migration is not a vacation
Birds out of water

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

You can’t say humans aren’t evolving right along with our plant and animal kin. Back in the 1800’s Christmas tradition favored “side hunts”. This barbaric pastime involved going out and shooting every bird the participants laid eyes on. At the end of the day the winner had the largest pile of dead birds. Nowadays, we watch football and advertising messages on big screens. Oh, and we count birds instead of killing them.
Click here to read more.

Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Easy to make, hard to keep and often forgotten by February. Consider a different approach and spread out your resolutions throughout the year rather than trying to accomplish them all at the beginning of the year.

Keep it simple. Even a small change can and will make a difference. Each month, make a change in your buying habits, disposal of trash, and water use until it becomes routine. The following month, change another habit. Before you know it, you can look back on a year of accomplishments!
Click here to learn more.

2013 August calendar

You're invited!

White Tank Park Outdoor Adventure Family Day

When: Sat, Dec. 27th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355 (map)

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

When: Fri, Jan. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)
Description: Flight program and presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. weekly

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, Jan. 3rd, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation

When: Sat, Jan. 10th, 9am – 10am
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Peoria Public Library Bald Eagle and Other Wildlife Presentation

When: Sat, Jan. 10th, 10am – 11am
Where: 8463 W. Monroe Street Peoria, Arizona 85345 (map)

McDowell Mtn Park

When: Sat, Jan. 10th, 8am – 4pm
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355(map)

Audubon Arizona

When: Sat, Jan. 10th, 11:30am – 12:45pm
Where: 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 (map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Wed, Jan. 14th, 11:30am – 12:45pm
Where: 300 Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ (map)

Desert Rivers Gilbert Riparian Birding Walks

When: Sat, Jan. 17th, 8am – 11am
Where: 2757 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234 (map)

Pinnacle Peak Park Educational Programs

When: Sun, Jan. 18th, 10am – 12pm
Where: 26802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255(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!
Lots of fun stuff for you to learn and do this month - Enjoy!

Learn about Elf Owls.
Elf owl calling
Elf owls nesting in a saguaro

Listen to this girl talk about elf owls.
Owl sounds 1
Owl sounds 2

Do you like to make things? Here you can draw and owl, make one from recycled paper rolls or make a puppet from a paper bag.
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

The Christmas Bird Count is here! This is an activity you can do with an adult.
Hear about Christmas Bird Count for kids

Want to complete a fun Holiday scavenger hunt over winter break?
Click here

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." Rachel Carson

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