This Week @ Liberty – January 16, 2017

 Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby -  Managing Director

Megan Mosby -
Managing Director

Saturday we officially became part of the American Kestrel Partnership, a project of the Peregrine Fund. Biologist Kurt Licence of Arizona Game and Fish and Brian Grimaldi installed our very own kestrel breeding box with the hope that we will be able to attract a pair of kestrels this breeding season. Kurt explained:

The American kestrel (Falco sparverious) nestbox project is

Kurt and Brian  work on the kestrel box

Kurt and Brian work on the kestrel box

 an effort to utilize citizen scientists and research partnerships as the primary driving force to monitor trends in Arizona’s kestrel populations. This project is proposed in response to population declines and unreliable data across much of North America and Arizona as documented by US Geological Survey’s Breeding Bird SurveyNational Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, nestbox monitoring programs (Smallwood et al. 2009), and Raptor Population Index (migration counts). This project will contribute more reliable data on kestrel demography in Arizona and utilize a valuable and free resource of citizen scientists.

According to Kurt The process will be to reduce the activity in the area around the box, monitor it with binoculars and hope a lucky pair of kestrels take a liking to it. If a pair does use it, we will need someone to use a ladder to peek inside about once a week after we strongly suspect eggs have been laid.

So, there you have it. Keep your fingers crossed that a pair of kestrels locate the box, grab the territory and start doing their kestrel thing. It will be great fun to observe the process. It will be great to encourage the productivity or the species. It will be great to have pretty little falcons taking on the insect and rodent population in our hood.

Wait, watch, wonder!

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Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

The intake total is now at 79.

We’re slowly whittling away at the stuff that has to be done concerning the move. Next weekend we’ll be going back to the Scottsdale operation to salvage some more small items (and some larger items – like a couple of enclosures!) In the meantime, we finally have the walk-in freezer up and running and WOW, it is C-O-L-D! We’ll be adding some wheeled racks this week so Alex has a place for all the frozen food we order and go through each month. We acquired another golf cart to facilitate movement around the new campus, and we have installed a kestrel nest box on the Peace Trail fence. The Education team is going full speed with outreach programs, and the guided tours began last weekend. Plus, people are finding the Elwood St. address and bringing in injured animals which are logged in at the new intake window. As Sonny and Cher used to say, “The beat goes on!” (For the Millennials out there who don’t know who they were, go ask your parents!)

Joanie and peregrine

Joanie and peregrine

The injured peregrine is still under treatment. It seems Joanie is always deeply in conversation with the birds she holds on Vet Night. She obviously has a great “nest-side” manner…!

Lainey and Candace rescue a cottontail

Lainey and Candace rescue a cottontail (photo by Kathy – the mother)

Cotton tail swimmer

Cotton tail swimmer

Two very concerned young wildlife enthusiasts brought in this cottontail rabbit yesterday. They found the bunny in their backyard and when they went to pick him up, he jumped into the pool and was swimming away when they rescued him. He was placed in a brooder to dry off and warm up in. He will be examined during Vet Night on Tuesday afternoon for any further treatment and care. – Nice job girls!

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Kurt and Brian install a home for kestrels

Kurt and Brian install a home for kestrels

Brian checks the box

Brian checks the box

Kestrel box installed by Kurt and Brian. See the story above in HHH.

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The freezer is freezing

The freezer is freezing – REALLY!

Frozen food

Frozen food being organized by Daily Care Coordinator Alex

It’s finally freezing! Not outside, but in the walk-in freezer that Tim and I assembled last summer. Something we have needed for a long time, this modern high quality unit was  purchased from a company in New York that makes this type of freezer for the U.S. Navy. We can now get food in sufficient amounts to obtain quantity discounts on frozen quail, mice, fish, and other food for our rehabbing birds and mammals.

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Horse Sense show

Horse Sense show (photo by Linda)

Doris displays a peregrine

Doris displays a peregrine (photo by Linda)

Linda Scott writes: “Horsense is a 5 week program for 4 and 5th graders that takes place at Old McDonalds Ranch in Scottsdale.  The program is a partnership between Old McDonald’s Ranch, Healthworld, Scottsdale Charros, and the Scottsdale Unified School District   Through their equine program and guest presenters Horsense teaches kids about respect, responsibility, development of character, and making good choices. The Liberty Wildlife Education program has been  honored to participate for several years.” 

Marko and Sherrill have an eager audience

Marko and Sherrill have an eager audience (photo by Kelly)

At another show this weekend, Marko with Hedwig, Sherrill with Veto presented at the Outdoor Family Adventure Day at White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Liberty is almost always the biggest hit at these and any shows we attend.

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New golf cart

New golf cart

To supplement our “fleet” of electric transport vehicles, this road-legal golf cart was donated by Doris and Mike Pedersen who are Florida Gator and Washington Huskie fans (obviously!). It arrived from Goodyear last Friday and after some small modifications (removing the golf bag holders and adding a passenger seat) will provide a great  addition to our inventory of useful equipment at our new larger facility.

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This Week @ Liberty – January 09, 2017

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby -  Managing Director

Megan Mosby -
Managing Director

On my morning walk the air was dank and the sky was dark but overcast with clouds. The silence was penetrated by the hoots of a dark time predator, the great horned owl. I do the same thing that I do every time it happens…I scan the sky for the silhouette of the owl as it hoots from my neighbor’s chimney to find its mate or announce its territory.

It reminded me that the baby time was upon us again. The eagles are down and video cams keep those who watch up to date on the hatchings or not of the eggs laid heralding the next generation. It is such a happening time of year as far as wildlife goes.

There are some reminders that I harp on every year and here I go again.

If you know that you have nesting birds around you…stay back. Approach only from afar by means of binoculars. Do not physically penetrate their space. It is a sensitive time and frightened parents might be forced to abandon the nest. Once the eggs hatch there is such an investment that the parents are less likely to abandon and might become more aggressive so just stay away and get your jollies by watching the video cams.

Another reminder has to do with ducks. It might be a little early for the mallard families to start their nesting behaviors but very soon they will start checking out your yards for the safest place to lay their eggs and raise a family…unfortunately hatching and leading the cute babies straight for your pool. Trust me, you do not want that to happen. I suggest you make your yard a not so pleasant place to be…discourage kindly any efforts to find your home their home. You will thank me.

And lastly for now…do not start trimming your trees. Any efforts to locate a safe place to build a nest depends on the existing flora. Heaven forbid you should actually undo all of the efforts of some hard working avian neighbor. The verdins outside my office window bring me hours of delight as I watch them flitting around the palo verde tucking twigs and sticks into a neat little inverted basket. I watch secretly from my window and look forward to the arrival of babies.

Yes, the season is upon us. Respect your wildlife neighbors. Give them space to do their thing. And enjoy the benefits of another bountiful wildlife season.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

The intake tally for the year is now at 46.

The new year is taking off slowly, but the intakes are picking up as the days pass. I keep telling the Window Volunteers (a new position at Liberty) to enjoy the slow time now as in a couple of months, the lines will begin to form at the drop off point.
Two California condors have survived thus far and their treatment continues. The golden eagle has had another operation to install another pin to support the broken bones. We’re all still working at settling into the new facility to best serve the animals in our care. It will be, as it has been all along, a process.
On the bright side, our walk-in freezer should be up and getting cold by the time you read this. That’s one more step on the long road that is Liberty Wildlife…

Laura gives some Liberty background

Laura gives some Liberty background

Kelly and Marko conduct a walk around the Education Trail

Kelly and Marko conduct a walk around the Education Trail

Newly offered to the public are guided tours of the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife. Designed to educate the public as to our role in Arizona wildlife rehabilitation and environmental sustainability, these 90 minute walks around the facility allow the public to see and experience the processes the animals go through as we provide medical care and long term rehabilitation services for them, as well as some hands-on educational opportunities to the people on the tours. Our Education volunteers are doing a marvelous job of both entertaining and educating the adults and children who sign up for these scheduled events several days a week.

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Golden eagle's fractured humerus prior to surgery

Golden eagle’s fractured humerus prior to surgery

The same injury after stabilizing pins were installed

The same injury after stabilizing pins were installed

The beautiful eagle is improving slowly

The beautiful eagle is improving slowly

The golden eagle that came in a few weeks ago has again had surgery to install pins in her wing to stabilize the fractured humerus. The break is very close to the elbow joint complicating the healing process and making repair to the wing exceedingly difficult. This latest surgery was performed by Dr. Lamb (a new volunteer veterinarian experienced in avian species!) on New Year’s Eve after the first pin that was installed began to migrate (move) inside the bone. This latest iteration seems to have been more successful and the bird is generally improving. Updates will follow in the weeks ahead.

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Craig with an eared grebe

Craig with an eared grebe

This looks like a happy bird!

This looks like a happy bird!

Recently we received an eared grebe that came to us after spending some time with some other wildlife rehabilitation folks up between Payson and Pine Top. It appeared to be a very young juvenile who was having difficulty eating on his own.  After giving him some much needed sustenance and rest, he was deemed fit for release. Yesterday, Sunday, Craig took him out and let him go free at the Gilbert Water Ranch and he seems to be getting along well.

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Pano of the new ICU

Pano of the new ICU

Just thought I’d throw this in there. If you remember our former home (and who could forget!) the ICU – most often referred to as the “Bird Room” – was one small, crowded room that also served as surgery, triage, log-in, and anteroom to the one and only restroom!  We have indeed come a long way!

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This Week @ Liberty – January 02, 2017

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby -  Managing Director

Megan Mosby -
Managing Director

Writing the date is my first real recognition that the new year is upon us….and as the old saying goes…it is out with the old and in with the new.  Never has that saying had as much meaning to me as it does this year. It feels so gratifying to look at our accomplishments, to recollect our move, to settle into our new home.

In the process, some things didn’t make the cut and therefore, didn’t make the move and that is okay.  It is a time of looking at what is working and what isn’t and realizing that it is okay to jettison things that need to be let go of, although the decision process isn’t ever easy.

We have done our molting and shedding and are now all shiny and new.  Yay!

Now the job is to look around and see how we can become the very best version of our new self.  How can we do our job better on behalf of the natural world and its inhabitants.  How can we better serve our clients, YOU, how can we charge forward and allow our mission to succeed.  We must be the very best that we can be in everything we do.  That’s all.

We need to all commit to renewing our sense of purpose, to being stronger in body, mind, and spirit.  We need to set our standards high and strive to reach the heights.  That’s all.

And when all is said and done, we need to look ourselves in the eye and decide if what we have done, are doing and will do, will in the end make a difference.  That’s all.

So, I plan to clean the clutter out of my life.  I plan to see what doesn’t look like it is working as well as it should and mindfully go about chinking away at the deficits.  That’s all.

Will you join me in this endeavor?  What I do know is that we are better as a team than solo.  And, if you do choose to join the team, who knows what kind of cool stuff we could accomplish.

Say yes, that’s all.

And, Happy New Year to each of you.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

The intake total for this week is now 3.  The final intake tally for last year was 6583!

The year has turned and we again set a record for the number of intakes. The down side is in the last couple of weeks, we took in four California condors (yeah, it’s hunting season again…) We’re still trying very diligently to get the message out to responsible hunters to strongly consider changing to an alternative to lead ammunition. Hopefully no one thinks we are anti-hunting or anti-shooting, but we are really committed to removing lead from the environment and the major source of this element in Arizona is bullet fragments. We will continue to speak on this topic as long as the major cause of death in the Arizona population of California condors is lead poisoning.
Most of this update is on the four condors that arrived in the waning weeks of 2016 although I also put in a couple of more upbeat pics to start the new year. Hope everybody had a safe and happy holiday season.

The first two condors arrive (photo by Laura)

The first two condors arrive (photo by Laura)

Lead poisoning is a cruel, painful sickness

Lead poisoning is a cruel, painful sickness

Tim and Alex help jan hang the IV fluids

Tim and Alex help Jan hang the IV fluids

Dr. Wyman and Jan begin to administer the anesthesia

Dr. Wyman and Jan begin to administer the anesthesia

Alex holds the condor as the anesthetic takes effect

Alex holds the condor as the anesthetic takes effect

Sara supports the intubation line and the bird's head

Sara supports the intubation line and the bird’s head

Dr. Orr opens the crop as she is watched intently by some young future volunteers

Dr. Orr inserts the intubation tube as she is watched intently by some young future volunteers

We now truly have a "surgical theater" to watch the rehabilitation as it occurs

We now truly have a “surgical theater” to watch the rehabilitation as it occurs

Each year at Liberty Wildlife, the start of the hunting season heralds the arrival of sick California Condors, each with some elevated level of lead in their blood. The usual first sign on this is “crop stasis” wherein the involuntary muscles that force food from the crop into the stomach cease to function. They are hungry and will eat, but gain no nourishment as the food never gets to where is can be processed. By the time they are brought in to us, they are seriously underweight and dehydrated, a condition that only exacerbates the effects of the lead. Without treatment, the bird will certainly die. The chelation treatment, which can take weeks or even months, involves administering an element into the bloodstream to which the lead will bind. The lead is then excreted by the kidneys, lowering the lead level over time. It is hard on the animal and sadly, some condors have been through the procedure more than once. And it is ALL preventable if people would just use ammunition other than lead…

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Anasazi (with Max) accepts a donation from Jackie Lee and Cornerstone Advisors

Jackie Lee presents a donation from Cornerstone Advisors  to Anasazi (and Max)

A former volunteer at Liberty, Jackie Lee, contacted us recently in regards to her efforts to obtain donations for Liberty. She works for Cornerstone Advisors which allows each employee to select a charity which then receives $750. Along with her personal donation, she convinced 8 other Cornerstone folks to donate to us as well and was therefore able to bring in 9 checks for $750 each. Two of the people who selected Liberty live out of state – in New York and Texas!  Thank you to Jackie, her friends, and Cornerstone Advisors for this generous donation!

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Christmas goodies in the Volunteer breakroom

Christmas goodies in the Volunteer breakroom

Part of what makes Liberty Wildlife work year after year is the team spirit of our volunteer family. This shows up as a wonderful array of snacks and goodies brought in not just at Christmas time, but throughout the year. There always seems to be an endless supply of cookies, candy, and cakes, many of which are home made. (No wonder it’s not easy to lose weight around here!) Thanks to everyone who for these thoughtful treats that we all enjoy!

 

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This Year @ Liberty – December 26, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

 

 

 

 

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This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

The intake total is now at 6552.

I have once again strung together some of the visuals from this past year, our 35th and final year at the Scottsdale facility. The memories of what took place on that small piece of  Earth over the past three and a half decades will stay in our hearts forever. It could never be adequately recounted in a 2 minute, 32 second video, so I just picked, almost at random, some of last year’s TW@L photos to represent our final few months there. From here, we march proudly into the future…

Please enjoy it, and have a very Happy New Year from TW@L, HHH, and all the wonderful volunteers and staff at Liberty Wildlife!

This Year @ Liberty 2016

(click this link for video)

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This Week @ Liberty – December 12, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Megan Mosby -  Managing Director

Megan Mosby -
Managing Director

It is the end of the year so quickly and time for me to make a plea for your end of the year giving plan, but here’s the deal.

You don’t have to consider Liberty Wildlife in your philanthropy if:

  1. You aren’t interested in nurturing the nature of Arizona.
  2. You don’t care that the wildlife that shares our world gets the best care possible if needed.
  3. You don’t care about an organization that provides on-site and outreach education for the entire state…to the tune of over 820 programs a year.
  4. You don’t care about an organization that is teaching sustainability to every visitor by using our beautiful new building as a teaching tool, while conserving resources including donations.
  5. You don’t care that our unique Non-Eagle Feather Repository has sent over 3000 feather orders for Native Americans to use in ceremony, regalia, and religious practices which saves wild birds from black market reaping.
  6. You don’t care that our Research and Conservation team has mitigated for negative or potential negative impact between wildlife and civilization and communities’ needs.
  7. You don’t care if our weekly blog, This Week at Liberty and Hoots, Howls, and Hollers, our monthly e magazine, Nature News, and our annual magazine, WingBeats continue to be produced and circulated.
  8. You don’t care that Liberty Wildlife provides internships and residencies to students from all over the world.
  9. You don’t care that thousands of individuals have been privileged to be trained to work directly with native animals.
  10. You don’t care that over 140 species are cared for annually.

I mean, really, if you don’t care about all or any of those things, perhaps you can find someone locally who does more…but I don’t think so.  And key to this entire decision is to make a decision to give locally…where it counts…for your own surroundings, your own services needed, your own personal experience.

Well ok, I guess giving to Liberty Wildlife is a particularly good idea as you consider your personal philanthropy this year.  As you can see we do an awful lot with your donations.

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Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

The intake total for this year is now at 6476.

Things are calming down slightly after the three big events we held over the past few weeks and we ‘re starting to develop a routine at the new facility. The staff and volunteers are learning where things are and what we have to work with. With so much more space, we’re having to map out where individual animals are being held so the daily care people can find who they’re looking for. It’s a new feeling to have so much room to work with! But with all the new things happening, its reassuring to know some things never change, like the level of care and concern the animals all get when they arrive at Liberty’s window. As we approach the end-of-the-year holidays, let’s take a brief look at what we were doing this past week…

A visiting shrike

A visiting shrike

Add another specie to the ever growing list of birds and animals seen around the new Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife – this loggerhead shrike spent some time around the wetlands last week, long enough for me to get out my big glass and grab a couple shots of him as he hunted. The Loggerhead Shrike is a songbird with a raptor’s habits, preying on insects, birds, lizards, and small mammals. Lacking a raptor’s talons, Loggerhead Shrikes skewer their kills on thorns or barbed wire or wedge them into tight places for easy eating. These activities have earned him the name “butcher bird.”

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Jan and Holly tend to an injured peregrine

Gail holds while Jan and Holly tend to an injured peregrine

A peregrine falcon arrived last week with a serious injury to his wing.  Jan and Holly worked on the fractured humerus but as the extensive damage is very close to the elbow joint, the likelihood of this beautiful bird taking to the air again is doubtful. There is a down side to being the world’s fastest living organism: the greater your velocity when you collide with an immovable object, the more kinetic energy has to be dissipated (K=1/2Mv²), usually by bones breaking – especially light, hollow bones. Hopefully the bird will survive and possibly become either an education ambassador or a foster parent.

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A cute ruddy duck

A cute little ruddy duck

Someone's pet oriole

A Bullock’s oriole that was someone’s pet

Two more smaller birds that are in our care as of last week, this very cute ruddy duck with a possible head trauma, and this bullock’s oriole who has been kept as a pet for 8 years. The duck is doing better but is still under observation. The oriole is very pale as you might expect for a pretty songbird held captive in a cage for so long. In the west, this oriole is common in summer in forest edge, farmyards, leafy suburbs, isolated groves, and streamside woods, especially in cottonwood trees. Being held for so long, the bird is not releasable and will live out his days in our care.

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Seriously injured kestrel

Seriously injured kestrel

Another fast flying injury

Another fast flying injury

The little male kestrel and the sharp-shinned hawk probably both suffered the same type of injury as the peregrine – collision damage while hunting. The kestrel’s injuries are very serious and his prognosis is guarded at best. The sharp-shinned hawk is in somewhat better condition but time will tell. It is a young bird and that always helps when it comes to healing broken bones.

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Jan enters data for another X-ray

Jan enters data for another X-ray

One of the big advantages to having our own radiology capability is that animals don’t have to wait for their exam. In the past, if we didn’t have the time or the opportunity to drive injured animals 20-30 miles to a facility that offered to allow us to use their x-ray units, the time spent waiting could mean the difference between a full recovery after immediate treatment and a less-than optimal outcome. Now, the images we generate can be sent to specialists or to other displays at Liberty for analysis and recommendations for treatment in a real-time environment.

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The little raccoon goes outside

The little raccoon goes outside (photo by Stacey)

The young raccoon that arrived a several weeks ago is doing better.  Presenting evidence of a head injury, he had been in the new mammal room until last week when he was moved outside, much to his delight. All around better care is what we are able to give all the arrivals at the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife.

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Libby and I watch the festivities (photo  by Laura)

Libby and I watch the festivities at Highland Lakes (photo by Laura)

Libby meets one of the veterans

Libby meets one of the veterans (photo by Laura)

Posing with some of the kids (photo  by Laura)

Posing with some of the kids (photo by Laura)

Libby went with on a program last week to the Highland Lakes Elementary School with Laura and me. It was a day to honor veterans and it was a moving ceremony. The kids were terrific – well behaved and very respectful of the veterans, one of whom was 100 years old. As always, Libby was a perfect lady and posed with everyone.

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A first grader with a big heart is a scientist in the making! (image by Laura Hackett)

A first grader with a big heart is a scientist in the making! (image by Laura Hackett)

Laura Hackett sent this to me today and I had to include it in this weeks blog. Laura says:

“I had to share because I am so proud of this girl.  She is the daughter of a friend and she has always loved animals.  She and I could talk for hours about the animals I cared for while I was still at the zoo. She had to do a service project for her 1st grade class and she wanted to do something for us.  I showed her around the facility and she loved the idea of talking about pollinators.  So she created a worksheet for kids her age to learn more about pollinators!!!”

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Our annual Volunteer's Christmas tree

Our annual Volunteer’s Christmas tree

In honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday, I’m including this shot of our annual Volunteer’s Christmas tree (with apologies to Charles Schultz and Charlie Brown!)

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A special offer and announcement from Ken Milward

By just using our ID badges Boyce Thompson Arboretum has agreed to offer us free passage to the card holder from this December though May of next year.  Each additional  guest will be required to pay the normal fees $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one of our Arizona Sate Parks and is the oldest arboretum west of the Mississippi having been founded in 1924. The arboretum is located just west of the town of Superior on US Highway 60.  Hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM last entry will be restricted at 4:00 PM for it takes approximately an hour to complete the  main trail.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
3765 US 60
Superior, Arizona 85273
520 639-2723

My contact was Lynnea Spencer who approached the the board of directors with this proposal and gained approval.  I have furnished them with a copy of my Liberty Wildlife ID badge and they will have that there at the cashier’s window for verification of our IDs.  They have given me some free passes that I have been distributing to our volunteers so that they may bring a guest or in the case that they do not yet have an ID badge.  I only have a limited number of these remaining on a first come basis one to each volunteer.

One of the ways that I was able to sell this to the Arboretum was that no one seems to go there alone.  I hope that our staff of volunteers enjoy this place and introduce it to many of their friends over the next few months.

If you have any further questions about this please give me a call.

Ken Milward

(If you need a Liberty ID for this – NOT the new access card – let me know. Terry Stevens)

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This Week @ Liberty – December 05, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers

Christmas Megan  (photo by Morry Marshall)

Christmas Megan (photo by Morry Marshall)

Another successful event occurred yesterday at the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife.  Our annual Volunteer Appreciation picnic was held on a splendidly beautiful Sunday afternoon. While the event is all about extoling the accomplishments of the volunteers for the year…it ends up being one more success on their part…and that is all about the scrumptious food that each volunteers contributes to the pot luck fares.  Every year we get the “looked for standards”…John’s Greek salad, Peggy’s pulled pork, whatever Denise brings, and the list goes on.  Then there are always the new surprises and this year’s offerings were off the chart!

At this point I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the efforts of Volunteer Coordinator, Carol Suits, and the rest of the staff who worked hours beyond the call of duty to help pull of the event.

Beyond the satisfying consumption of delicious edibles, the event includes yard type games with a little friendly competition, a glimpse at the Interactive room, a trek down the Peace Trail, and a tour of the Education enclosures.  Strolling along the grounds, bird watching, and catching up with other volunteers with the added bonus of meeting friends and volunteers from other days, was all a big part of the afternoon.

The event ended with the announcement of the winners of the traditional counting game, i.e, how many feathers in a jar, rocks in a jar, close pins in a jar, etc. with the winners walking away with some really nice artwork and for one big winner the ultimate prize…the honor of releasing a rehabilitated Cooper’s hawk.  That particular bird made a hasty retreat and showed off his total readiness to be gone from human interaction.  Yes! Just the way we want it.

For those who were unable to attend…we missed you, we missed thanking you for your valuable assistance in our process and in completing our mission, and we missed your company and that of your family who so generously honor your wish to be a part of our team.

An added bonus was Brigette, a Dragon Boater participating in a tour on Saturday, who showed up with bags of her Christmas tree decorations which she most artfully festooned upon our 12 foot lobby tree.  It is beyond the pale.

Come see it for yourself!

This Week @ Liberty 2016 Picnic special

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Posted by Terry Stevens (Photo by Stacey)

The intake total for this year has reached 6442.

As the year wanes, operations at 2600 E Elwood begin to ramp up as the volunteers get more familiar with the new facility. Some of us are actually losing weight with all the walking required at the new larger building and grounds!  The intake rate is at its usual low for this time of year and the Intake and Medical Services people have been doing a wonderful job of “keeping up” with what animals have been brought in. Likewise, the Education crew has been presenting all over the area, educating kids and adults alike about whose backyard we’re all living in. 
On Sunday we held the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic and it was an unqualified success. The first to be held at the new facility, we had over 100 volunteers sign in (and more that didn’t) and most of them brought friends and relatives so the crowd was impressive.  This was the third major event at the new place in 5 weeks and it’s been quite busy for the staff and volunteers alike. But as always, the people of Liberty Wildlife stepped up and went above and beyond all expectations.  Here’s some of what happened last week…

Kelly shows Acoma to some interested young ladies (photo by Marko)

Kelly shows Acoma to some interested young ladies (photo by Craig)

Gayle introduces Veto to a young bird counter (photo by Kelly)

Gayle introduces Veto to a young bird counter (photo by Craig)

Drum Circle dancers (photo by Marko)

Drum Circle dancers (photo by Marko)

One of the shows recently done by the Education team was at the Gila River Indian Community. Gayle, Craig, Anne, Kelly, and Marko presented and Craig reports: 

“Gila River Indian Community, located just south of Phoenix, has an annual Winter Bird Census for the community where families and leaders visit various spots on their lands to see how the healthy the wildlife is. Birds are very important to both the Maricopa and Pima people, and they feature prominently in many of their stories.

Liberty Wildlife was invited to showcase some of our Education ambassadors at the post census celebration which features native songs, dances and stories. We had Liberty, Skye, Rio, Lance and Veto and presented them to 300 visitors. 

GRIC is also the sponsor of the Education Classroom at our new facility and this was an opportunity to say thank you to the members.” 

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I’m not sure what else I can say about the Picnic, so I’ll just post the photos and you can enjoy the event that was!

Official mascot greeter at the Picnic

Official mascot greeter at the Picnic

People are smiling even as they checked in

People are smiling even as they checked in

Our first Christmas tree and our guest decorator, Bridget

Our first Christmas tree and our guest decorator, Brigette Flamm

Soren was immortalized in a cake brought in by Doris

Soren was immortalized in a cake brought in by Doris

The turnout was huge!

The turnout was huge!

Balinda and Kurt open some wine

Balinda and Kurt open some wine

Inching along - the food line

Inching along – the food line

...and it stretched for quite a distance

…and it stretched for quite a distance

Taking it easy on a beautiful afternoon

Taking it easy on a beautiful afternoon

"The WIld Bunch"

“The WIld Bunch”

A little future volunteer who loves birds

A little future volunteer who loves birds

So, who cut the Soren cake?

So, who cut the Soren cake?

Wendy wins one of the prizes

Wendy wins one of the prizes

Katia wins a release

Katia wins a release

Nice toss!

Nice toss!

And another healthy accipiter goes free!

And another healthy accipiter goes free!

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This Week @ Liberty – November 28, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Holler

Megan Mosby -  Managing Director

Megan Mosby -
Managing Director

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 laurah@libertywildlife.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

Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

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…

Carol marshal talks about diego on the Ed side

Carol Marshal talks about Diego on the Ed side of the new Liberty facility.

Joanne and Sundance at Arizona Humane Society mini-camp on 101416

Joanne and Sundance at Arizona Humane Society mini-camp on 10/14/16 (photo by Claudia)

Claudia and Sundance at the Flagstaff Arboretum

Claudia and Sundance at the Flagstaff Arboretum  (photo by Kelly)

Marko presents at the Advanced Rehab Healthcare of Scottsdale (photo by Kelly)

Marko presents at the Advanced Rehab Healthcare of Scottsdale  (photo by Kelly)

Claudia and Carol work the Veterans' day event (photo by Melanie Herring)

Claudia and Carol work the Veterans’ Day event  (photo by Melanie Herring)

The kids loved the Veteran's Day show (photo by Melanie Herring)

Kids of all ages loved the Veteran’s Day show  (photo by Melanie Herring)

Kim and Doris display their birds at the Verde Canyon Rail Road (photo by Carol Marshal)

Kim and Doris display their birds at the Verde Canyon Rail Road  (photo by Carol Marshal)

Laurah has a way with kids...

Laura has a way with kids…

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!

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A beautiful northern flicker comes in

A beautiful red shafted flicker comes in

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.

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This is what people  buy from a reptile dealer...

This is what people buy from a reptile dealer…

...and this is what they grow into in a few years!

…and this is what they grow into in a few years!

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.

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A new golden eagle arrives...

A new golden eagle arrives…

Jan holds her for Dr. Orr's examination

Jan holds her for Dr. Orr’s examination

Checking the business end of the bird...

Checking the business end of the bird…

Dr Orr examines a wing

Dr Orr examines a wing

She's a pretty bird

She’s a pretty bird

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.

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Blow dart through a pigeon

Blow dart through a pigeon

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.

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Don’t forget the Volunteer Appreciation picnic next Sunday!

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This Week @ Liberty – November 21, 2016

Megan Mosby -  Managing Director

Megan Mosby -
Managing Director

Hoots, Howls, and Holler

Thanksgiving is upon us and once again I am asking myself “Where did the time go?”  The year is in its winding down mode which zips by from this point on.  Currently, I am going to think about how much I have to be thankful for…I’ll take on the rest of the holidays as they come…and they will come fast and furiously.

Today AT LAST, I can be thankful for our new beautiful building and for all of the people who came together to make it happen.  There are way too many of you to start naming them but you know who you are, and if any of you have been around me in the past year, you will know also.  It took so many good and giving people to make a dream come true…board members, donors, architects, construction crews, Liberty staff members and hard- working volunteers.

And, we are finally whole again.  For almost 6 months the operation was split into two groups.  Those of us not crucial to the day to day handling of animals moved in during June and July.  Those of our group who did the hands on work with animals finally got totally moved in last week…just in time for our Grand Openings.

Our first Grand Opening was a beautiful evening event for donors and those people intimately involved in the facility creation.  Two hundred and fifty folks got introduced to the new Liberty Wildlife and all seemed…here’s everyone’s term…BLOWN AWAY!  That isn’t the first time I have heard those words.

The second Grand Opening was for the public.  Once again…BLOWN AWAY…was the overriding mantra.  We had a great crowd of over 800 people who took the time to get the tour, do crafty things for wildlife, grab a hot dog, cotton candy, popcorn and camaraderie.  There were educational tours and programs; there were tours through the hospital and Non-Eagle Feather Repository; there were raffles; there was a release.  We finally had to close the doors…and yet the people kept coming.

One of my board members drove up and thought there was a football game going on!  It was a huge success.  I believe the people who knew our humble beginnings got the best WOW experience, but those who are new to Liberty Wildlife were thrilled at a new (to them) resource in the Valley.

We will be officially open to the public starting in December on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until we get our bearings.   We will be working hard to provide stunning experiences that change seasonally so each of you will have new reasons to visit our little piece of heaven.  Bring your family and friends and certainly all of your out of town visitors for an easy and splendid view of Arizona’s nature.

You come along and get your own BLOWN AWAY experience.  We look forward to providing it.  Visit our web site in December for details of our programming, events, and opportunities.

Once again, let me be thankful for all of you who made it happen!  AT LAST!

This Week @ Liberty – Grand Opening Special

Posted by Terry Stevens - Operations Director

Posted by Terry Stevens
- Operations Director

The total intake number now stands at 6360.

Well, it’s official: Liberty Wildlife has gone public!  We had our Grand Opening to the public on Saturday with over 800 people attending. The 4 hour event went very well with everyone smiling and seeming to enjoy the hot dogs, popcorn, activities, birds, and tours of both sides of the facility. We saw lots of old friends, made lots of new friends, and had lots of kids learning about the what we do here at 2600 E. Elwood St. The volunteers all performed above and beyond their normal duties making this an unqualified success. Thanks to all who worked so long and hard to make it happen. And all this took place while accomplishing our normal tasks of rehabilitating injured animals and educating the public about their environment and our wild neighbors in whose back yard we all live. As Humphrey Bogart said, “This is the start of a beautiful friendship” between Liberty Wildlife and the community around us! If (hopefully) you’re feeling like sharing with the world this holiday season, think about this: Support us when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-2738161 and Amazon donates to Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc.  Thanks to you all!!

Now, here’s what the event looked like…

Kim greets and counts the visitors

Kim greets and counts the visitors (photo by Morry Marshall)

Throngs of interested people...

Throngs of interested people…

Heading into the Interactive Classroom

Heading into the Interactive Classroom

Kids enjoying face - or arm - painting!

Kids enjoying face – or arm – painting!

Stevi acts as a tour guide on the Education side (photo by Morry Marshall)

Stevi acts as a tour guide on the Education side (photo by Morry Marshall)

Tim presents Acoma to the crowd

Tim presents Acoma to the crowd

Anne and Armi are all smiles (photo by Morry Marshall)

Anne and Armi are all smiles (photo by Morry Marshall)

Laura is a great TV spokesperson!

Laura is a great TV spokesperson!

Joe and Aurora are always a big hit

Claudia helps Joe and Aurora put on a show

The line for Education tours looked like Disneyland...

The line for Education tours looked like Disneyland…

Dr. Orr enjoys a hot dog at the Wetlands wall with her group.

Dr. Orr enjoys a hot dog at the Wetlands wall with her group.

Great release of a rehabbed red tail!

Great release of a rehabbed red tail!

It must feel good to go free...

It must feel good to go free…

All eyes were on the newly released RTH - look at the smiles!

All eyes were on the newly released RTH

A sub-adult bald eagle flew overhead just before the release - it was like a blessing from the raptor world!

A sub-adult bald eagle flew overhead just before the release – it was like a blessing from the raptor world!

As Megan said, the reaction by everyone was…

 BLOWN AWAY!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Liberty Wildlife and TW@L!

 

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This Week @ Liberty – November 14, 2016

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

Hoots, Howls, and Holler

So, where has the time flown?  It has been a long time since our last blog…and it feels good to be back in the saddle again.

We are basically moved in.  The last of the animals will be in by Wednesday, so I am told, and the last little dregs of “stuff” will follow soon.  Hallelujah!

It is great to look out the window from my office and watch the verdin building a nest so busily.  I can look out the conference room window and watch the osprey work the river, the volunteers walk by doing their assigned jobs, and I can stand by the wetlands and count the frogs that flee at the sight of me.    I watch the public drive up, exit their cars and wend their ways to the intake window to deposit their foundlings…it works (not without the little hitches here and there, but it works!) It is really fun and enjoyable to go to work.

We had a campaign donor soft opening last Sunday which was lovely.  We are planning our Public Grand Opening for this Saturday (see the attached flyer/announcement).  We are hoping to see a lot of your faces: your children’s faces, your family’s faces, and your friend’s faces.  Needless to say, we are extremely proud of our new home.

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The Grand Opening is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th .  There will be opportunities to meet the education team and the wildlife ambassadors, tour the Interpretive Trail with a guide, visit the Interactive (Living Laboratory) Room replete with hands on activities, snakes, spiders, and a very cute pocket mouse.  There will be tours of the hospital and commissary…both of them off public viewing in the future except through viewing windows in the courtyard. There will be craft activities, grilled hot dogs, chips, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, release of rehabilitated falcons, and lots of raffle prizes.

For more information check out the attached flyer, or our Facebook page, or ask a staff member or volunteer for details.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

This Week @Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for this year has reached 6328.

WE’RE BACK! The move was finally accomplished (mostly) and at last I have time to put the blog out again! I want to thank all the volunteers who have been submitting photos over the past couple months and I promise I’ll do my best to get some of the best ones  out for all to see. I felt like I was missing so much not posting each week and between trying to cover all the many details that were required to get the new facility up and running (power glitches, leaking ponds, computer issues, etc.) it feels good to be clicking away again. So much has happened that if I put in everything that we’ve been through it would be several pages long, so I’ll just try to hit the high points and work my way through the events that took place. Here’s some of what has happened recently…

Our first monsoon Haboob...

Our first monsoon Haboob…

We saw and survived our first monsoon storm last summer when a haboob, followed by the customary wind and rain hit the facility. As planned, the rainwater harvesting system worked as it was designed. The good news is we don’t have to worry quite so much about enclosures blowing down or roofs blowing off…!

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Our German intern on her last day

Our German intern on her last day

One of our interns from Germany, Elisa, finished her assignment with us and after working at both facilities for the summer, she returned home in September. We will miss her and wish her good fortune and travels!

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The birds begin arriving

The birds begin arriving

Like the first day at Summer camp! Looking for their assigned enclosures

Like the first day at Summer camp! Looking for their assigned enclosures…

As the birds and animals made the trip down to 2600, it seemed as though they all knew this was their new home and most of the birds, at least the ones I saw, were very calm and accepting of the change. Well, maybe the corvids were a bit upset, but then, they ARE corvids…!

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The OC get-together was held at the new facility

The OC get-together was held at the new facility

Thanks to all OC volunteers!!

Thanks to all OC volunteers!!

The annual Thanks to OC Volunteers get-together was held at the new facility for the first time. It was a chance for some to visit the new building and see where they will be doing the OC jobs next baby bird season. Hopefully it will be a more enjoyable task with new equipment, a new room, and NO intake window to share time with!

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A short display for some supporters

A short display for some supporters

Even with all the setting up going on, we had time for a brief demonstration for some of our supporters and as always, the birds (and the volunteers) were the stars! This type of show portends great things on the horizon as we can now do educational events on the property.

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The resident-kingfishers

The resident-kingfishers

I was amazed at the amount of native wildlife at the site of the new facility. These two kingfishers greeted me many mornings, along with a host turkey vultures, red tails, harriers, Cooper’s hawks, osprey, phoebes, road runners, and at least one bald eagle. That isn’t counting the coyotes, rabbits, Lincoln (our neighborhood beaver), and other mammalian critters who call 2600 E Elwood home.

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Marko presents

Marko presents at Boyce Thompson

Claudia educates at the BT Arboretum

Claudia educates at the BT Arboretum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the move was taking place, the Education season kicked off. Even with all the turmoil of trying to figure out how to make the new arrangements work in a new location with new rooms, doors, tables, and hoses to figure out, the Ed volunteers soldiered on and showed how our volunteers can adapt as well as the birds to a new environment. We’re STILL in a learning mode and deciding what goes where and what “works better over here” and “we might want to do it THIS way…” but it’s all part of evolution.

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Dr. Orr works with Jan and Sharon at Vet Night No.1

Dr. Orr works with Jan and Sharon at Vet Night No.1

A couple of weeks ago, the first Tuesday night “Vet Night” took place in the new Triage room in the medical wing. With new lights, a clean floor and table, it seemed like we were finally getting down to doing what we do best – provide first class medical care for the wildlife of Arizona!

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A select open house for Donors and Supporters

A select open house for Donors and Supporters

Attendees inspecting the kids interactive classroom

Attendees inspecting the kids interactive classroom

Gathering in the Amphitheater

Gathering in the Amphitheater

A native American blessing

A Native American blessing

On the 6th of November, the first of two “Grand Openings” was held for those who gave so much to make this a reality. Many supporters including Melani and Rob Walton for whom the campus is named were in attendance and got to experience a beautiful evening at the new facility, complete with a touching Native American blessing for the volunteers, animals, and supporters who made and make it all possible.

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The new entrance sign going into place.

The new entrance sign going into place.

At the front entrance

At the front entrance

We are home, at last!

We are home, at last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the erection of beautiful new signage on the building and on the street entrance on Elwood, it is official: The Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife has arrived! It has been a long time coming, it has cost a lot of work, frustration, tears, sweat, some blood, and a lot of donations (which we really need to keep coming!) but it was worth it all in the end.  We are here.

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The first arrival at the intake window of the new Liberty Wildlife!

The first arrival at the intake window of the new Liberty Wildlife!

No, the first intake to arrive at our window was NOT a pigeon. It was this terribly cute, terribly upset, bobcat kitten! Scrappy from the beginning, it was truly a fitting beginning for a former shade-tree, backyard bunch of volunteers who had one thing in common: an unending love for wildlife. (And a willingness to do anything to get the job done!)

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This Week @ Liberty – September 12, 2016

Hoots, Howls, and Holler

Megan Mosby Managing Director

Megan Mosby
Managing Director

This is a short post, but one with an enormous feeling behind it.  I am so impressed and grateful to all of the staff, volunteers, and family and friends of staff and volunteers who have given up their days off to help finalize our site and ready it for the final push…the rest of the move to our new home.

The heat has been unhelpful, to say the least.  The jobs, not easy, to say the least.  But the attitudes have been nose to the grindstone and festive at the same time.  Special thanks go to Joe and Jan Miller as the organizers of these last two Sundays and their troops of supporters…too many to name.

I have it on good authority that there might be another work day on this coming Saturday.  If you are interested in leaving your mark on 2600 Elwood, let us know.  You won’t be sorry.

This Week @ Liberty

Posted by Terry Stevens

Posted by Terry Stevens

The intake total for the year is now at 5935.

It’s been a few weeks since the last update and I want to thank all the volunteers who have been sending in the pictures of what’s going on at the Scottsdale facility. Since I have been mostly down at 2600 E Elwood, I have not been able to get the photos I need to do a decent TW@L update so a big thanks goes out to all who have helped me with photography! Hopefully we will once again be doing TW@L and HHH regularly each week. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what has been happening in both locations for the past couple of weeks…

Sticky snake!

Sticky snake! (photo by Laura Hackett)

Carefully removing the little guy

Carefully removing the little guy (photo by Laura Hackett)

Free from the glue!

Free from the glue! (photo by Laura Hackett)

OK, so how many times have we posted pictures and stories about innocent animals being needlessly tortured by glue traps? These items are so cruel and inhumane they have been banned in some areas – and with good reason. Not only do they subject their victims to a painful death by immobilization, starvation, and dehydration, they are NOT species specific and even when used as specified in the directions, they frequently trap and kill a myriad of species not targeted by the user. This harmless little gopher snake was brought in recently still adhering to the glue card to which he was stuck. Our skilled volunteers were able to detach him from the cruel incarceration and allow him to return to the wild to remove unwanted rodents and the like from their habitat AND ours. Please, DO NOT use glue traps – for anything!

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Owl burrito brought in by the public

Owl burrito brought in by the public (photo by Susie Vaught)

When a new patient arrives, the first thing that is done is usually obtaining a weight on the animal. This determines a baseline for future evaluation of treatment and also dosages if medicine is appropriate. Most birds find it difficult to sit or stand still on a scale for weighing in, so they are wrapped in a cloth of known weight to hold them gently immobile while a weight is read on the digital scale. Recently this great horned owl arrived already for the weighing in process. The Medical Services volunteers call this a “Bird Burrito” and it takes some practice to get the folds right.

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Juvie road runner arrives

Juvie road runner arrives (photo by Stacey Rohr)

A young cardinal has some issues

A young cardinal has some issues (photo by Stacey Rohr)

It’s really late in the season for “Baby birds” to be showing up with issues, but never say ‘never’ around Liberty. A fledgling road runner and a northern cardinal came in a few days ago, each with a presentation that leads to a “premature departure from the nest” diagnosis. Both birds were malnourished and dehydrated but responded well to dietary supplements and fluid therapy. Both should be released in short order.

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Little raccoon runs afoul of traffic

Little raccoon runs afoul of traffic (photo by Alex Stofko)

This little raccoon was brought in presenting head trauma indicative of an automobile collision. His head and face were severely damaged and before we were able to stabilize him prior to transporting him to the surgical facility, he succumbed to his injuries. At our new campus, mammals will not have to be outsourced as we will have the room and facilities to properly treat, perform x-rays, surgery and provide extended care for such injured mammals on site.

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Lesser long-nosed bat is brought in from down south

Lesser long-nosed bat is brought in from down south (photo by Stacey Rohr)

Among our recent arrivals were a couple of lesser long-nosed bats from the southern part of the state.  The long nose is a medium-sized, migratory nectar bat native to the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico and is an important pollinator for agaves, saguaro, and organ pipe cacti. One of the interesting things about this flying mammal is the fact that it’s tongue, used for nectar extraction, can be as long as it’s body! One of the arrivals had a broken wing which has been set and appears to be healing satisfactorily. This is important as the lesser long-nosed bat is considered a vulnerable species and would be a welcomed addition to the gene pool in the wild.

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Grandpa loves the shade

Grandpa loves the shade (photo by Stacey Rohr)

Speedy finds some raven food - and likes it!

Shelly finds raven food to be quite tasty!  (photo by Stacey Rohr)

Speedy joins the Uber team...?

Speedy joins the Uber team…? (Photo by Marko Virtanen)

Three of our resident desert tortoises, Grandpa, Shelly and Speedy, have been enjoying the warm summer months at the Scottsdale facility. Grandpa has become adept at finding shade when the temperature reaches triple digits, but otherwise is doing well for a gentleman of such “advanced years.” Shelly, one of our younger education tortoises, recently discovered a plate set out for rehabilitating ravens and found she liked some of the items on the menu. Speedy shares his enclosure with great horned owls and one of them decided the tortoise would make a fun park ride as he ambled around looking for food. This seemed like a memorable “Kodac moment” to Marko who took the photo above.

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Work party

Work party (photo by Jan Miller)

Another work weekend

Another work weekend!

The last couple of weekends we had work parties at the new facility with volunteers raking gravel in the new enclosures and building and installing perches for the birds. Snacks and drinks were provided for the groups who pitched in as if painting Becky Thatcher’s fence – a good time being had by all! There are future work events planned so check with Alex, Carol or Jan for the upcoming schedule.

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