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Unintended Visitor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

It’s human nature to assign traits to animals that we would use to describe ourselves. Cheetahs aren’t just fast, but graceful. Gorillas physically possess a great deal of muscle, but we think of them as powerful. The bald eagle is noble. Foxes are clever. Lions are the kings of the jungle. Dogs are loyal. We anthropomorphize the world around us as a habit, because things more readily make sense to us that way. The hummingbird, though, is what? Cute? Adorable? People everywhere love hummingbirds because they are small, seemingly fragile creatures, completely non-threatening and utterly stunning to look at, awash in any number of vibrant, shimmering hues. Discount for a moment the cartoon cuteness, however, and you will discover a miracle of natural engineering, a nectar-gathering machine designed to operate at a pace that would leave the most physically fit human being gasping for breath at the mere thought of it. If we are going to describe this tiny creature in terms that are most easily familiar to us, then the cute and adorable hummingbird may just be, gram for gram, the mightiest bird in the world. Click here to read more.

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

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

A lush riparian habitat has been brought to life in the barren Salt River bed bordering downtown Phoenix. Valley residents are invited to come on out to observe this miraculous restoration. Connect with your reclaimed waterway at the Dragonfly Day celebration Saturday, March 29. Families can join expert-led walks to the demonstration wetlands to look for dragonflies, see the new butterfly habitat and participate in water-quality testing. Liberty Wildlife’s education ambassadors will be on hand as well as arts vendors and food trucks. Join in the fun 9 am – 1 pm at the Rio Salado Central Avenue Trailhead at 2439 South Central Ave.

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Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Recently, I met a couple from Ohio who were in Arizona for their volunteer vacation. Each year they donate some of their precious off-work time to give nature a hand. This year Arizona benefitted from their generosity. They spent their first five days tearing down barbed-wire fence for restoration of native grasslands at the Nature Conservancy’s Muleshoe Ranch near Willcox. After a couple days of R&R, they were heading over to the Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch, near Elgin/Sonoita, for native vegetation replantings. What an inspiration, and they were having fun too!

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2013 August calendar

You're invited!

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency in April

When: Fri, April 4, 11, 25,  4 – 5pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth in April

When: Wed, April 4, 17, 30, 11am – 12:45pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ  (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, April 5, 12 noon – 5pm
300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324  (map)

Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation

When: Sat, March 29th, 8:30 – 9:30am and April 19th, 8 – 9 am
Where: Liberty Wildlife Facility
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Feathered Friends Festival

When: Sat, April 5, 8am – 1pm
2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234  (map)

Rio Salado Audubon Center

When: Sat, April 12, 11am – noon
3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040  (map)

Wishes for Wildlife Benefit Event for Liberty Wildlife

When: Sat, April 12, 6:30 – 11pm
Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley  (map)

Math and Science Experience at Cochise College

When: Fri, April 25, 8:30am – 1pm
901 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635  (map)

City of Chandler Earth Day – 6th Anniversary

When: Fri, April 25, 4 – 7pm
Where: 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249  (map)

Superstition Harley-Davidson

When: Sat, May 3, 10am – 1pm
2910 W. Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ 85120  (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!

Dragonflies are amazing!  Watch these videos to learn about them.
Video 1.
Video 2.

Here’s a dragonfly jigsaw puzzle!   How fast can you put the puzzle together? 

Dragonfly Puzzle.

Earth Day is April 22.  How do you plan to celebrate this important day?

Books for young readers to celebrate Earth Day.

Here’s some ideas for a family volunteer vacation in your own backyard!  See how to make your backyard a garden for wildlife.
Make your garden for wildlife.

Exciting games to help you learn how to recycle and be a hero! 

Grab your crayons and color away – just in time for Earth Day! 
Click here.

The tiny, mighty hummingbird!  How many do you see every day

Here’s a hummingbird building a nest.

A hummingbird rescue!
When this hummingbird ran into a window, it needed time to be able to fly again.

Test out your eagle eyes with this Hummingbird Word Search!
Click here.

See if you got them all right!
Click here.

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