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Unintended Visitor

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

There is nothing more fierce, spectacular, and deadly, than the clash between predator and prey. Usually. Sometimes you just see a smaller animal being a pest to a larger one. It’s not at all uncommon for birders to glimpse powerful, majestic hawks, or even eagles, being mercilessly hounded by tiny songbirds that weigh the merest fraction of the great hunters. Yet they will harass them, squawking and dive-bombing, until the much larger raptor retreats in dismay. Score one for the underdog. Click here to read more.

Flight of the Condor | Monarch Butterfly migration is not a vacation
Birds out of water

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

Ten years ago Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods pointed out what our society had been trying to ignore: modern children no longer play outdoors, and the impact on kids is not good.  The stimulation of interacting with the natural world inspires imaginative play, problem solving, curiosity and physical fitness.  It was suggested by Louv and others that attention deficit disorders and other developmental difficulties that plague children these days can be traced to the lack of outdoor time.
Click here to read more.

Monarch Butterfly

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

The rising temperatures of climate change plus the sustained years of drought are posing new threats for desert animals in the Southwest. This, along with the pressures on species already decimated by decades of expanding development and destruction of habitat, has affected the plants, animals, and water supplies of our fragile deserts.
Click here to learn more.

2013 August calendar

You're invited!

Scottsdale Hyatt Regency

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

Sportsman’s Club of Sun City West Outdoor AZ Expo

When: Sat, Feb. 7th, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Where: 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Sun City West, AZ. 85375(map)

Desert Rivers Audubon Birding Walks at Veteran’s Oasis

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

Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Orientation

When: Sat, Feb. 14th, 9am – 10am
Please go to our website for more information and to submit an application.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

When: Fri. - Sun., Feb. 13th - 15th, Feb. 20th - 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260(map)
Description: Flight program and presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. weekly

Gilbert Parks and Recreation - Gilbert Outdoors Exp

When: Sat, Feb. 14th, 9am – 4pm
2757 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234(map)

Audubon Arizona

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

Desert Woodcarving Show

When: Sat. - Sun, Feb. 14th – 15th, 10:30am – 3pm
Where: Mesa Centennial Hall-201 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ(map)

Verde Canyon Railroad Booth

When: Thur, Feb. 19th, 11:30am – 12:45pm
Where: 300 Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ (map)

Desert Rivers Gilbert Riparian Birding Walks

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

Learn about the Pygmy Owl!  Listen to the sound it makes and the female’s call.  Check out other owls similar to the pygmy owl on the same page.
Click here

Watch videos of Pygmy Owls
- Here’s a video of a pygmy owl calling and eating its prey: Click here

- This video is really short.  You’ll see the owl in a cactus. Don’t miss him flying away! Click here

- Here’s a fun video! Watch the owl “preen” (straighten and clean its feathers with its beak).  Can you name the water birds at the beginning of the video? Click here

Get Outside!
- Take your family outdoors to take pictures of the wildlife you find there. Learn more here.

- Put up a bird feeder for the winter. Count the birds. Go here to find out how to share what you see. Learn more here.

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