Hoots, Howls, and Holler
With our Grand Openings behind us we are down to the nitty gritty of making it all work. In an effort to always do best at what we do, we are moving slowly into the world of “public”.
Here’s the plan: Starting on Dec. 7, 2016 we are going to be open to the public for tours on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 1:00 and 1:00 to 3:00. Tours will be limited to 10 (or thereabouts) and will last about 2 hours. Stops on the tour will include basics on our new sustainable building, a trip to the Interactive/Living Laboratory, and experience in the large classroom, a tour through the educational interpretive trail, an educational program in the amphitheater with a theme for the day, a tour around the wetlands and a view into the triage room and surgical suite, ending back in the lobby for shopping or questions.
Each tour will be guided by a trained greeter and an experienced education personnel so bring your questions and your cameras.
Tour costs: children under 5 will be free, students 5 through 18 will be $5.00, adults $10.00 each and seniors and veterans $8.00.
For more information on signing up for tours for now send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and days and times that you are interested in. She will get back to you with confirmation and details.
We look forward to seeing you at the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife.
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total for this year is now at 6,408.
OK, the first major holiday has passed and the intake rate is at a slow trickle, but as people figure out where we are, that will certainly pick up. The Education team is doing more programs as they settle in to the new facility, and I am getting more people assigned their new access cards. We had a major storm last night and SRP lost a nearby substation causing a somewhat protracted power outage but the automatic emergency system worked as advertised and with a few small exceptions, the structure survived unscathed. Our annual Volunteer Appreciation picnic is scheduled for next Sunday so all volunteers make note and be there! This is always a fun event and this one is the first to be held at the new facility. If you’re not sure how to find it (all you R&T people especially!), call or email me ASAP. Now, let’s have a look at last week and beyond…
The Education team has been doing programs since early September all over the state – and some right at Liberty. If I missed giving the proper credit to anyone who took photos or presented animals, I apologize. The bottom line is, Education is one of the words on our logo and the volunteers who present to the public are as critical to the success of the organization as the Medical Services and Daily Care people who provide rehabilitative services to the animals we help. Thank you all for being the voice of Liberty Wildlife!
It’s no wonder why the feathers of the flicker family are so much in demand from the Non-eagle Feather Repository. The plumage on these birds is absolutely gorgeous and as “highly strung”as they are, rehabilitating them can be quite difficult. Luckily, our Medical Services team is adept at managing this task and provides top-notch care when they arrive injured.
Lots of people have adopted desert tortoises and appreciate what really cool animals they are. Some people can’t wait to adopt and get a non-native African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata), often called a “sulcata tortoise” from a reptile dealer or pet store. At first they are cute little turtle-like animals a couple of inches long, but they grow very rapidly and will be up to two and a half feet long and 80-150 pounds or more in 5 to 10 years. This 200lb guy escaped his home and was out wandering the streets. Luckily he was found and brought to Liberty where we held him until his owner was found and reclaimed him. The baby on its back is also here and was included as an illustrative comparison.
Recently Arizona Game and Fish Department came into possession of an injured adult golden eagle. The bird had a fractured humerus and ruptured tricep tendon along with assorted related issues. Surgery was performed at the first medical facility it went to by Dr. Stephanie Lamb who pinned the wing bone. At that point, I was dispatched to bring the bird to Liberty for further treatment and rehabilitation. Dr. Orr has examined her and according to Jan, she is doing well at this time. She remains under observation and is getting cage rest until the wing is totally healed. We’ll keep you updated on her condition.
OK, so pigeons are NOT the most revered birds around, but shooting them with blow darts is still not something that should instill us with pride at human activity towards wildlife. The dart passed all the way through the bird and had apparently been there for some time when it was apprehended and brought to us for care. No, non-native species are NOT turned away out of hand by Liberty Wildlife. A suffering animal always receives help when they arrive at our window.
Don’t forget the Volunteer Appreciation picnic next Sunday!