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Unintended Visitor


By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

April days in the desert are drier, warmer and plenty eventful for plants and animals. The desert legumes that provide for so many set multitudes of nutritious seed pods. Iconic cacti like saguaro, hedgehog and cholla bloom. The profusion of saguaro flowers call the white-winged doves up from the south, and they arrive hungry. The large doves feed on blossom nectar and help pollinate the saguaro. The fruits of the plant are a major food source for the white-wing dove families. The scarlet blooms of ocotillos are plump with nectar that sustains broad-billed, black-chinned and rufous hummingbirds as well as carpenter bees.
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Flight of the Condor | Monarch Butterfly migration is not a vacation
Birds out of water

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

When we think of “common” birds, we immediately picture the species we come across every day: doves, pigeons, sparrows, finches, crows, ravens, etc. The list varies slightly based upon geography and level of urbanization, but there are just some birds out there that do better or are more widespread than others. These are the birds that define bird for us. Our “common” hawk is the red-tailed hawk, because it tends to be everywhere, perching places where its large body is plainly evident, and famously making itself at home in areas as densely populated as downtown Manhattan.
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Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Desert animals have evolved behavioral and unique physical adaptations to help cope with the extreme heat in our often water-scarce desert environment.
Many animals simply avoid the high daytime temperatures by becoming nocturnal. Diurnal (daytime) species seek shade, decrease their physical activity, hunt or forage in the early morning, utilize available water in efficient ways or seek a cooler location by migrating northward.
Most desert animals get their water from the food they eat: succulent plants, seeds or the blood and body tissues of their prey. During the monsoon season, water is more readily available in washes, rock pools and crevices.Click here to learn more.



2013 August calendar


You're invited!

Wishes for Wildlife – Annual fundraiser for Liberty Wildlife

When: Sat, May. 2nd, 6:00pm – Cocktails, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Raffle
8:00pm – Dinner, Entertainment, Presentations and Raffle Drawing
Where: Montelucia Resort & Spa. 4949 E Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ.(map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Sat, May. 9th, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ. 86324 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, May. 9th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ. 86324 (map)

Highlands Center for Natural History

When: Sat, May. 9th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: 1375 Walker Rd. Prescott, AZ. 86303 (map)

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, June 6th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ. 86324 (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!


Bird maze
click here to help the mother bird find her baby birds


Bird maze solution
click here to see the bird maze solution


Cryptogram
click here to uncover the secret phrase


Cryptogram
click here for the puzzle solution


Watch these owls in their habitat!
- Video 1
- Video 2


Bird Cams!
- This barn owl has many eggs in the nest. It takes about 30 days for them to hatch. Have they hatched yet?

- This long-eared owl has 6 eggs and they started hatching in mid-April. You might be able to see babies now. Check out other live cameras, too.

- Here is an Allen’s hummingbird next. Are the babies still there or have the fledged and flown from the next?


Puzzles!
- Baby duck puzzle

- Bird feeding from cactus flower

- Owl eyes


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