Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
Thanks to everyone who made our Wild about Wildlife event yesterday such a great success. Rene and Carol teamed up with Scottsdale Leadership Class 30 to put a new spin on our annual Baby Bird Shower. All of the Liberty Wildlife volunteers from Orphan Care (thank you Susie) and the Education Team (thank you P.C., Jan) were as always unforgettable.
We had music, snacks, water, give away bags and lots of interesting booths all promoting getting kids to back to nature. I was so impressed by the parents who brought their children and the children who were so engaged. Each booth had an activity designed to teach each kid a lesson about nature. They saw the power of forest fires, they planted seeds, they learned how to draw wildlife, they learned how to properly color animals, they made paper snakes, egg carton tortoises, and peanut butter pine cone bird feeders to take home and hang around the yard.
Every swag bag I saw was filled with fun ‘stuff’. The Salt River Pima Maricopa Community had the most outstanding handouts that all fit in perfectly with the theme of the day. Kids learned what it felt like to scurry through a burrow while another group learned how to use binoculars. And with the completion of many of the activities the kids got “inked” with washable stamps appropriate to the activity…there were snakes, eagles, owls, stars, leaves crawling up the arms of a bunch of excited kids!
And then there were the educational ambassadors and their handlers. Stationed around the park we had hawks, owl, falcons, vultures and eagles and as usual they were a big hit. I was impressed by the number of youngsters who could identify the birds and new things about them…methinks that they have seen us somewhere before!!!
I want to personally thank all of the hard workers who exhibited the best of team work to make this Wild about Wildlife Baby Bird Shower such a big success. It is my hope that our Orphan Care Coordinator, Susie, has the best season ever…and it looks like it might be upon us earlier than usual. Remember, it isn’t too late to sign up to be a volunteer on one of our very successful teams.
After all, it is team work that makes it all happen.
This Week @ Liberty
This year’s intake total is now at 497.
Since today’s date is 3-14-16, welcome to the “Pi day”edition of TW@L! This will largely be an Education Special posting due to the large number of programs we have been doing. This time of year Liberty Wildlife is always heavily invested in our educational efforts as we approach “Earth Day” and all the environmental awareness that it implies. Our animals and all the volunteers are stepping up and providing program after program to schools and other groups around the area in an effort to get the public to be better informed as to how to peacefully coexist with our neighbor species. From some of the recent rescues, the need for such information has never been more urgent. The good news is, our programs are reaching hundreds of young people who will hopefully carry the message back into the community as they grow and become citizens of Arizona and the world. We won’t save what we don’t love, we won’t love what we don’t understand, and we won’t understand what we aren’t taught.
If you go back to last week’s posting, you’ll see the Harris’ hawk that got shoes built to correct a foot/leg problem. Last week Dr. Orr examined the bird and decided the orthopedics had done their job and the HaHa Nikes, complete with their own “Swoosh”, were removed. It seems to have been a successful treatment as the bird began standing immediately and appears to be doing better.
It’s amazing how small hummers are when they come from the egg. This little bird showed up and is now in our care, being fed continually as he grows from a size smaller than a dime with the smallest feathers imaginable that resemble very fine hair.
Another intake last week was this mockingbird who had some string wrapped around one of his feet. The twine eventually constricted the foot tightly enough to cut the circulation and the foot nearly detached. While not the ideal situation, passerines – especially light ones like mockers – can usually learn to adapt fairly quickly to having only one foot and live mostly normal lives hopping on the good leg and the stump where the other foot was removed.
Liberty made some friends by doing a presentation to our new neighbors at the Air National Guard wing at Sky Harbor recently. Some of the Air Force personnel asked about becoming volunteers!
Another Liberty program took place at the Horsense Equestrian Youth Riding Camp last week. The campers really enjoyed the show which featured Liberty volunteers Leslie, Amy, and Carol and a number of our education ambassadors.
The Baby Bird Baby Shower at the “Wild about Wildlife” event yesterday at Cactus Park
The weather was nearly perfect and based on all accounts, plus some personal observations, the Liberty Wildlife/Scottsdale Leadership event “Wild about Wildlife” was a huge success. Everyone seemed to enjoy meeting our wildlife ambassadors and the kids really got into making bird feeders from household items, tortoises from egg cartons, drawing birds, and learning about their feathered friends.