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Unintended Visitor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Living in Arizona gives us a unique perspective on the annual exodus that is avian migration. Birds typically migrate to escape the cold weather that comes with winter; since we have such comparatively mild winters, rather than see our birds leave, we more often encounter a bevy of feathered visitors coming here. That isn't to say that no Arizona bird migrates for the winter, and indeed, so many birds divide their time between summer and winter locales that it's hard to assign them as residents of one state or another. It's a fact, however, that the conditions which make food scarce in other regions are less likely to occur here. Red-tailed hawks born in places like Oregon or Minnesota are very likely to head south as winter storms impact prey species, while identical red-tailed hawks living in the desert southwest have little need to go anywhere. Click here to read more.

Small Owls Raise Big Questions | Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Doves
Seasons bring change in feathers

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

I saw a downy, peach-colored feather caught in a sunbeam on a creosote branch the other day and got to wondering about bird molts. Molting is the result of hormonal changes brought on by the seasons, and it allows birds to shed worn feathers for shiny new ones that offer greater performance. This happens gradually over several weeks, as birds must continue to stay warm and find food while also expending the energy to grow in a new supply of feathers. The frequency and timing of molting varies by species and by the climate of their habitat, but some generalizations can be made. Click here to read more.

Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Doves

We invite you to join us Saturday, April 12 in celebration of Arizona's unique wildlife.

Please reserve the date to join us for an extraordinary evening under the stars at the beautiful Montelucia Resort & Spa. Click here to learn more.

2013 August calendar

You're invited!

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

When: Fri, January 31, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)

Veterans Oasis Bird Walks with Desert Rivers Audubon Society

When: Sat, February 1, 8:00am - 11:00am
Where: 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

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

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

When: February 7, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)

Kartchner Caverns State Park

When: Sat, February 8, 10:00 am - 5:00pm
Where: 2980 Highway 90, Benson, AZ 85602 (map)

Pueblo Grande Museum

When: Sat, February 8, 10:00am - 12:00noon
Where: 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (map)

Rio Salado Audubon Center

When: Sat, February 8, 11:00am - 12:00noon
Where: 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 (map)

Kartchner Caverns State Park

When: Sun, February 9, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 2980 Highway 90, Benson, AZ 85602 (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!

1. Instructions to make your own bird house!
Click here.

2. Kid Stuff Web Sites on Migration

You Map It! Map the big migrations of a raptor and hummingbird. Grades 5-8

Watch Cat in the Hat and some migrating Canada Geese in this video clip. Grades K-2

The Mission Migration Game! You must get your migrating birds safely to their destination. Be sure to avoid those pesky storm clouds and airplanes!

Video explaining migration Grades 3-6

3. Kid Stuff Books on Migration

Peregrine's Journey: A Story of Migration by Madeleine Dunphy, Kristin Kest (Illustrator) | Ages 5-9

Where Do the Birds Go? A Migration Mystery by Rebecca Olien | Grades 1-2

4. Put on your thinking caps and try out this word game.

Check your answers here.

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