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Unintended Visitor


By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

Don’t let the fact that the beaver is one large rodent deter your admiration. The busy beaver is a keystone species, notable for being the only species besides man that shapes the landscape to suit his needs. This might seem an usual animal for the low desert. But beavers thrived in riparian areas throughout the state before being pushed to the brink of extirpation by trapping and habitat loss. Reintroduction and colonization is bringing back small numbers in waterways from shallow lakes to dirt lined canals. River restoration experts are finding the wetlands beavers create remove sediments and pollutants from waterways. Beaver dams slow flood waters and create habitat for fish and invertebrates. Their pools and structures slow erosion and help prevent down cutting of stream banks. Standing near the new Liberty Wildlife on the River site on a chilly day in December, Phoenix City Ranger Brian Miller pointed out thick clumps of Johnson grass and cattails down in the riverbed. “That’s where the beaver lives,” he said. Click here to read more.


Flight of the Condor | Monarch Butterfly migration is not a vacation
Curious Condor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

No other bird compares to it. Even the Bald Eagle, America’s symbol of might and majesty, looks childish standing next to it. The California Condor is primeval to behold, a creature out of the mists of time. It’s simply on a different scale from everything we’re used to. Its nine foot wingspan gives it a silhouette more in keeping with a pterodactyl than a bird of prey. It’s not at the top of the food chain; it’s beyond it, a massive scavenger with the size and the gait to go where it pleases, nature’s own facilitator in continuing the transition between death and life.

Click here to read more.

Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

The monarch (Danaus plexippus) is unique among butterflies because of their long distance, round trip migration that involves up to four generations per annual cycle. This migration is an inherited trait. No butterfly lives to make the full round-trip, only a segment of a journey of thousands of miles. Because of decline in their numbers, their migrations are considered an “endangered biological phenomena.”

Click here to learn more.



2013 August calendar


You're invited!

Veteran's Oasis Bird Walks with Desert Rivers Audubon Society

When: Sat, March 1st, 7:30am – 11:00am
Where: 4050 E Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249 (map)

Spur Crossing Conservation Area – Archeology Expo

When: Sat, March 1st, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Where: 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, March 1st, 12:00noon - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

When: Fri, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)

Anthem at Merrill Ranch Annual Spring Festival

When: Sat, March 8th, 11am – 6:00pm
Where: 2980 Highway 90, Benson, AZ 85602 (map)

Wild Birds Unlimited

When: Sat, March 8th, 10:30am – 3:00pm
Where: 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (map)

Rio Salado Audubon Center

When: March 8th, 11am – 12:00pm
Where: 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 (map)

Gilbert Riparian Bird Walks with Desert Rivers Audubon Society

When: Sat, March 15th, 8am – 11:00am
Where: 2980 Highway 90, Benson, AZ 85602 (map)

Tucson Audubon Society – Tucson Festival of Books Weekend

When: Sat, March 15th & 16th, 9am – 4:00pm
Where: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85711 (map)

McDowell Mountain Regional Park Full Moon Hike with Owl Encounter

When: Sun, March 16th, 6pm – 6:45pm
Where: 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Wed, March 20th, 11am – 12:15pm
Where: 300 Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ (map)

Pinnacle Peak Park

Sat, March 22nd, 10am – 3:00pm
Where: 300 Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ (map)

Liberty Wildlife’s Baby Bird Baby Shower

Sat, March 22nd, 10am – 1:00pm
202 E Cactus Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (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!


Here are 2 California Condors to color!
Click here.


Make California Condor wings to wear.

Condor Wingtags.


Watch videos showing how people work to save California Condors. See a baby condor hatching and living in a cave.


Wow, the beaver is a neat animal! Listen to the sounds he makes and watch a family building their house.
Audio.

Video.


Puzzle time! This Monarch butterfly is in terrible shape. He’s gone all to pieces! Help put him back together again. Challenge: Change the number and shape of the pieces.


Grab those crayons and see if you can find your way through this California Condor maze!
Click here for the print out.


Can you connect the dots?
Click here to get the print out.

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