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Unintended Visitor


By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Birds can sleep with one eye open and half of their brain awake, enabling the bird to detect approaching predators while catching a bit of rest. Unihemispheric slow-wave sleep (USWS) is the ability to sleep with one half of the brain while the other half remains alert. Birds and many marine animals share this amazing adaptation. Click here to read more.


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

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Roadrunners are peculiar birds.

To start with, it’s an odd feathered creature that chooses to run around on foot instead of flying over the same distance. And unlike many other terrestrial birds, roadrunners can fly. Granted, they aren’t very good at it, but they can certainly get lift in a pinch, and a flight of just a few feet to the safety of a perch can make all the difference between life and death. They are famous for their rapid movement across solid ground, and in that sense they certainly don’t disappoint. In fact, even though they’re typically relegated to southwestern states like Arizona, the speedy Greater Roadrunner may be one of the most well-known birds in the entire world. After all, not every species is also an animation legend.

Click here to read more.

Monarch Butterfly

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

Peering at birds through binoculars we perceive field marks and behaviors, but the intricate linkages between animal and environment may be harder to make out. A partnership we can observe is that of the white-winged dove and the saguaro cactus. White-winged doves migrate to the Sonoran Desert in April with breeding in mind. But what summons them to this desert at this time is the saguaro cactus. The reproductive cycles of the dove and the cactus are perfectly intertwined.

Click here to learn more.



2013 August calendar


You're invited!

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, June 7th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
When: Sat, July 5th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

National Forest Service Fool’s Hollow

When: Sat, June 7th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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, June 14th, 8am – 9am
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

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

Chandler Library

When: Thur, July 3rd, 9am – 10am
22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225 (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!


Have you ever seen a roadrunner? What colors are on the feathers, the beak and the legs? Click here to see some pictures of roadrunners.
Picture 1.

Picture 2.

Here’s a video showing roadrunners finding food.


Here are two jigsaw puzzles to solve. You can change the number of pieces to make them harder. Just click on “Change Cut”
Puzzle 1.
Puzzle 2.


Interested in Birds? Check out this cool app!
“Click the Birdie” App:
  - Learn about different North American habitats and the birds that live there.
  - Answer trivia questions and get bonus points
  - Earn even more points by getting good shots of these animals.
  - Find out about “Golden Birdie”, “Lost Birds” and “Blinkers”
  - Beware! Take a bad picture of Golden Birdie and DoDo Birdie will chomp 50 points off
    your score!


Be a bird detective!
1. Easy bird clues. Click here
2. Easy bird clue answers. Click here.
3. Not-so-easy bird clues. Click here.
4. Not-so-easy bird clue answers. Click here.

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