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Unintended Visitor


By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Imagine that you are a rabbit. Or a mouse. Or a lizard. Or some other small animal that lives in the wild. You’ve spent your entire existence looking over your shoulder; survival is hardwired into your very DNA, and no matter how hard predators try to catch you, you must stay one step ahead. It’s your biological imperative. Depending upon what you are, you can see your enemy, smell your enemy, and/or hear your enemy, hopefully before they see, smell, or hear you.
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Flight of the Condor | Monarch Butterfly migration is not a vacation
Birds out of water

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

Biannual rains are the secret ingredient to verdant life in the Sonoran Desert. In the Valley of the Sun, just seven inches falls on average per year. Yet the desert abounds with plants and animals. The elixir of life is two seasons of moisture, the summer monsoons and the gentle rains of winter. We’ve written often in these pages about the adaptations of wildlife to the variable and unpredictable rainfall of the desert. But just why is the rain so capricious?
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Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

The majority of hawkwatch sites are stationed along mountain ridges where raptors find needed lift from updrafts and thermals for their long-distance flights. Thermals are created when, during the day, the ground gets hot and heats the air above it, causing the air to rise as thermals. As raptors glide, they lose height, they then look for another thermal to gain altitude again for another long glide. This minimizes calorie loss by not having to flap their wings all the time. Many miles can be traveled in an efficient manner. Since most hawks, before migration, gain from 10% to 50% of their body weight in fat as a high-density fuel, they can travel long distances without having to hunt for food.
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2013 August calendar


You're invited!

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

When: Fri, Oct. 31st, Nov. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Dec 5th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, Nov. 1st, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
When: Sat, Dec. 6th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (map)

Wild Bird Center of Scottsdale

When: Sat, Nov. 1st, 12pm – 3pm
Where: 10701 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. (map)

Desert Rivers Audubon Society Birding Walks at Veteran’s Oasis

When: Sat, Nov. 1st, Dec. 6th, 8am – 11am
Where: 4050 East Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85249 (map)

Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation

When: Sat, Nov. 15th, 8:30am – 9:30am
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Audubon Arizona

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

Phoenix Summit Challenge – City of Phoenix

When: Sat, Nov. 15th, 2pm – 6:30pm
Where: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (map)

Desert Rivers Gilbert Riparian Birding Walks

When: Sat, Nov. 15th, 8am – 11am
Where: 2757 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234 (map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Thur, Nov. 20th, 11am – 12:45pm
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!


October word search.
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October word search answers.
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Check out how elephants, geese, butterflies and bats migrate. Why do they migrate?
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This video explains ‘migration’ and shows capturing and banding birds to understand migration better.
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Compare the zone-tailed hawk to the turkey vulture, then listen to the hawk’s voice!
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Watch and hear a zone-tailed hawk protecting a nest. Why do you think he’s flying so far away from it?
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Get this free app and get outside to observe and report what you see! Can you spot some birds migrating? Grades 1 – 8
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Learn about the importance of water. Grades 2+
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