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Unintended Visitor


By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

So the other day I found a baby quail in my bedroom.

That was weird for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don’t live outside in the bushes, so my little visitor had to have made it through multiple rooms of my home to make it to where I found him. Secondly, he, (I choose to believe it was a he) was newly hatched, no more than an hour or so old. While most baby birds have the good sense to stay put until they’re old enough to fly, quail boldly hit the ground running, never bothering with silly things like utter helplessness. Unfortunately, baby quail do have a somewhat limited window of opportunity once they hatch, a grace period of initial energy reserves that run out quickly. Without their parents to help find them food, they’ll soon be too weak to do anything. And my quail was in the middle of my house, having somehow braved the back porch and my apparently useless watchdog; the bird’s parents were nowhere to be seen, and I found myself facing the same question that everyone else deals with when they find a helpless or injured wild animal: what do I do with it? Click here to read more.


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

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

Here’s a list of books that promise food for thought regarding urban wildlife. Find some shade or air conditioning, grab a cool beverage and prepare to expand your mind!

Urban Bestiary by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
A bestiary is a compendium of animal lore and knowledge, and I loved this one so much I want to write out pages and pages of it to share. Award-winning author and naturalist Haupt writes lyrically and with great love of nature. Her beautiful essays weave introspection about the meaning wild animals hold for us with mythical stories about these same creatures. She uncovers unique aspects of animals so common in our daily urban and suburban lives that we often don’t even notice their presence. Haupt will open your eyes and make you laugh.
Click here to read more.

Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Drought – The Southwest states are being hit particularly hard. The impact is being felt close to our home. Take a good look at the photo above of an almost-dry riverbed. I took the photo in January of this year, along the Salt River, at an area called Coon Bluff. The flow of the Salt River is managed according to our Valley needs. Less water is released in winter, more in summer. In past years, this view would have shown water from shore to shore during the winter. Currently, as summer water needs have increased, water is again flowing through the area, but at a diminished flow level.
Click here to learn more.



2013 August calendar


You're invited!

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, July 5th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
When: Sat, Aug 2nd, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

National Forest Service Fool’s Hollow

When: Sat, July 5th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Show Low, AZ 85901 (map)

Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation

When: Sat, July 12th, 8am – 9am
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Wild Birds Unlimited (Reptiles)

When: Sat, July 12th, 11am – 3pm
2110 E Baseline Rd. A-1, Mesa, AZ 85204 (map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Thur, June 19th, 11am – 12:15pm
Where: 300 Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ (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!


You can learn to identify types of birds just by their shape.
1. Bird ID quiz. Click here
2. Bird ID quiz answers. Click here.

Where has the water gone?
1. Where has the water gone puzzle. Click here
2. Where has the water gone puzzle solution. Click here.



Need summer reading ideas? Check out our recommendations.
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