It is nearing that time of the year when cages are burgeoning, to do lists are lengthening, tasks at the facility are demanding, and the need for dedicated volunteers surges to warp speed. Especially needed at this time are Hotliners to answer the deafening cries from the wild.
The Hotline volunteer is the first line of defense for an injured or orphaned animal to receive the help they need. When a compassionate member of the public, an agency, business, or another rehabilitation facility calls us to assist, we do not turn them down. And, this happens as many as a hundred times a day during our busy season.
You could be the person who starts the ball rolling to save lives in peril most likely through no fault of their own. Nests blow out of trees, babies get wafted out of the security of the only home they know, zealous dogs, cats, or other predators attempt to help themselves to an easy mark, and any other number of negatives can befall these innocents. The cries begin.
And, the phones light up. If you want to learn a great deal about native wildlife, the laws involved in dealing with them, the ways they can be helped and get acquainted with a great bunch of other volunteers who share your passion, compassion and dedication, then we have a deal for you. Call or sign up on our web site, (www.libertywildlife.org , how can I help?) to come to an orientation to find out what the Hotline does and how it works seamlessly like no similar place in this state. It is a finely honed department that has caused 3500-4000 animals a year to get the help they need. You would have bragging rights like no one else around! And, you would help to lessen the cries.
If transportation to the facility is impossible for you, if hands-on-assistance isn’t your cup of tea, if you don’t live in the Valley or State, this could be your dream position. We have some volunteers from each of those categories. The tools we have for insuring your success are impressive. A little coaching about the different areas of the Valley and State can allow a volunteer from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, or Colorado to help the wildlife in Arizona get immediate aid. Our unique computerized program can assist Hotline volunteers to find one of over 200 Rescue/Transport volunteers to locate and fetch the cries.
Better yet, all of this training comes to you free of charge! You will be equipped with a detailed manual, instructions on use of the programs, and assistance from the Coordinator as well as substitutes from your fellow Hotliners. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home in your jammies and bunny slippers, if you’d like. The cries could care less how hope arrives.
Maybe you are reading this now and the job description doesn’t engulf you for some reason (or you are already helping), but your know a number of people looking for a way to be involved in a great organization with like-minded people providing a service like no one else. Then here’s what you must do. Forward this plea to these critical people who are just searching for a way to play a part in answering the cries from the wild.
This Week at Liberty
The intake total for the year is now at 193.
The golden eagle is still here and continues to improve, the orphans are trickling in, as are a couple of the usual injuries that we expect year after year: automobile and window collisions. Thanks to a small grant, we are also doing a study of lead exposure to various species in the state. And approaching rapidly is our Wishes For Wildlife 2013 event, being held May 4th this year. Read on…!
The golden eagle that arrived last week is recovering from his broken wing and the surgery it required. He is now outside and despite the cold temps of last week, he is doing well. The surgery was apparently successful and more x-rays are probably in order when the bandages finally come off. We’ll keep you all posted!
New arrivals this week included a great blue heron with a badly broken wing and a male kestrel. The heron had a major break in a wing bone and is undergoing further treatment, while the kestrel was found on the ground being “menaced by a large cat.” From the comments by the rescuer, the bird didn’t go down without a fight and is doing well as of this writing.
This great horned owl was apparently involved in an auto collision. His presentation was at first thought to include a broken wing but after a close exam and a review of his X-rays, it now looks like his most serious injury is a broken lower beak. this probably explains why he was not eating. Jan and Dr. Wyman decided to attach a stabilizing splint of wood to the break with surgical glue. After then receiving a good feeding, he got some fluids and was placed in a brooder for some rest.
Our first two baby GHO’s are acclimating to their foster home and the local climate (which is improving since the big storm on Friday!) Many more are expected to arrive over the next few months.
Speaking of cute orphans, Chloe, one of our volunteers, spent some time feeding this newly arrived cotton tail baby. For some reason, it’s not difficult to find volunteers to perform this particular task. Now, feeding the condors – that’s another story!
We recently were awarded a small grant to study lead poisoning in various native species. We routinely test both eagle species for elevated levels of lead when they arrive, but now we will also test various hawk types as well as turkey vultures to determine how widespread the problem of lead contamination is in the raptor population. Our suspicion is that lead ingestion is affecting a lot more species than we originally thought.
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