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Unintended Visitor

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

For most of the U.S. February is a winter month, but here in the Sonoran Desert, certain species of native plants, insects, birds and mammals are already proclaiming the arrival of spring. Early bloomers such as sweet acacia, velvet mesquite and creosote advertise their nectar with brilliant yellow blooms, and pollinating insects come flying.
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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

Arizona has thirteen owl species that call it home. Two of them are very close cousins of one another – so close, in fact, that it would take an expert birder to even begin to tell them apart. And it wasn’t too long ago that they were all considered to be the same as a third family member. But now, screech owls are divided into three separate species: Western screech owls, Easternscreech owls, and the colorfully named Whiskered screech owl, each distinguished from the other by its distinctive call, along with some subtle color variations.
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Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Various studies and research data show that the repercussions of a warmer and drier climate are becoming more and more visible. All ecosystems are affected. It is imperative that we understand how this affects various species so that we can better focus on our conservation efforts.
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2013 August calendar

You're invited!

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

When: Fri, Mar. 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
Where: 7500 E. Doubletree Road, Scottsdale, AZ. 85258 (map)
Description: Flight program and presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. weekly

Verde Canyon Train Ride with Sonora

When: Sat, Mar. 7th and Apr. 4th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ. 86324 (map)

Spur Cross Archaeology Expo

When: Sat, Mar. 7th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 44,000 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek, AZ. 85331 (map)

Desert Rivers Audubon Birding Walks at Veteran’s Oasis

When: Sat, Mar. 7th, 8:00am - 11:00am
Where: 4050 East Chandler Heights Road Chandler, AZ. 85249 (map)

Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation

When: Sat, Mar. 14th, 11am – 3pm
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Wild Birds Unlimited in Mesa

When: Sat, Mar. 14th, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 2110 E Baseline Rd. A-1, Mesa, AZ. 85204 (map)

Audubon Arizona

When: Sat, Mar. 14th, 11am – 12pm
Where: 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. 85040 (map)

Desert Rivers Gilbert Riparian Birding Walks

When: Sat, Mar. 21st, 8am – 11am
Where: 2757 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ. 85234 (map)

Pinnacle Peak Park Educational Programs

When: Sat, Mar. 21st, 10am – 12pm
26802 N 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ. 85262 (map)

Baby Bird Baby Shower

When: Sat, Mar. 21st, 10am – 1pm
Where: Cactus Park, 7200 East Cactus Road, Scottsdale, AZ. (map)

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

When: Sat, Mar. 21st, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Where: 6533 West Phillips Road, Queen Creek, AZ. 85142 (map)

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

When: Sat, Mar. 28th, 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: 16300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Dr. Fountain Hills, AZ. 85268 (map)

Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Perserve Nature Festival

When: Sat, Apr. 4th, 8:00am – 11:45am
Where: 49614 Hwy 60/89 Wickenburg, AZ. 85390 (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!

Want to read a silly spring poem about nesting?
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Want to complete a fun Cryptogram puzzle?
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Here’s an owl to color online!
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Do you like to make things? Here are some desert animals and owls for you to craft.

Owls! Owls! Owls! Lots of jigsaw puzzles!
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Help scientists identify and sort plants, animals and insects while you play games that let you compete with friends and earn points.  Ages 11+
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