Hoots, Howls, and Hollers – August 27, 2019
Sages and wise people urge us to stay in the present moment. Generally, I try to do that. Right now, I seem to be failing. The past doesn’t haunt me. I have no problem letting that go by thanking all the good that has come my way with equal appreciation for the challenges that have made me who I am.
However, the future right now scares me, or maybe I am just too focused on the constant assaults on our pretty little planet. It doesn’t seem to do any good to point blaming fingers. That only delays any hope of restorative action. In a day of news that is either “fake”…or it isn’t, it is hard to know what to do to save the integrity of the trees, the bees, the frogs, the wolves or any of our other of our endangered earthly voyagers. Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac says, “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot”. I want to grow the category of those who cannot. We will all be better for it.
This makes the mission of Liberty Wildlife even more important. As I see it, knowledge is the answer. Awareness is the answer. Compassion is the answer. And, that is the mission of our education group at its core. That is the mission of our rehabilitation service in its daily quest to stop the suffering, save the individual, help the human who cared.
We can do a lot, and we do. But, we can’t do it without the help of our community, large and small. For whatever reason, we are seeing more animals every year. Is it because more are needing help? Is it because more people care? Or is it because we are doing a better job at making ourselves available? It is hard to tell…maybe all of three ring true.
We can’t stop the fires in the Amazon, but we can cultivate an awareness of the importance of trees to all of us. We can’t stop the staggering loss of species to extinction, but we can teach to appreciate the importance of each species to the whole shebang. We would love to be able to save habitat to suit the all needs. In reality, we can only bring knowledge to individuals who in numbers can vote to make policy that allows for the welfare of our shared existence.
Let us never forget John Muir’s evocative quote, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” And, the future of our world scares me. What are we going to leave to our children, their children, and the rest of nature? If that thought doesn’t haunt you, I don’t know what to think. I guess I can work harder to stay in the present.
This Week @ Liberty – August 27, 2019
At the risk of putting a jinx on the operation, it appears that the feeble monsoon of 2019 has brought a premature end to the busy season at Liberty Wildlife. From a high of around 90 animals a day in June we are now seeing only around 20 each day, with no looming storms to cause any more spikes in the intake rate. Not that I’m complaining, since if we don’t break 10,000 by the end of December, John Glitsos will have another year to figure out how to add an additional column of numbers to our data base! Seriously though, even in our new facility, we are probably close to our maximum handling capacity given that we are now and always will be limited by square footage and volunteer availability. But given Liberty’s proven capacity to adapt and evolve, we won’t be putting out the “NO VACANCY” sign any time soon…
This update will be a little short as I was woking on several projects last week and wasn’t able to take as many photos as I usually get, plus the slower intake rate afforded fewer opportunities to get great shots. But in any case, let’s see what happened during the last fortnight…
We are still getting admissions of all the usual species for treatment, and on Tuesday afternoons, several of the volunteer vets are in attendance. All previous patients and any new admissions from roadrunners to hawks and even bats get the best care possible from some of the best veterinarians in the business.
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As late as it is in the season, surprisingly we are still taking in baby birds. Most of the new babies are going to be doves, but we’re still seeing baby quail, grackles, ducklings and others. Sometimes we get in eggs and we don’t know what they will be until they hatch, like the case of this little nighthawk that broke free of its egg in our incubator recently. He is now in the running for the “Cutest Baby” this year at Liberty!
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Currently we have two eagles in our care, one bald eagle and one golden. The golden came from up north and was very thin with bad blood chemistry. He presented no overt trauma and is responding well to all his treatment. We are hoping to release him sometime soon. We actually know a lot about the bald. He has been the male in a breeding pair for almost 20 years, Then last spring, a younger bird came into his territory and drove him out. At this point, he is sadly most likely not releasable. His destiny might lie along another path…
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Usually as the monsoon approaches, we get in a few brown pelicans. these are almost always young birds that are blown in from the coast and are too inexperienced to exit the upper level winds before they get carried inland and lose sight of the ocean. Sometimes they just languish in the desert, starving and without salt water to control the number of natural parasites they carry. The lucky ones find water and eventually show up at Liberty. This guy landed at Kiwanis Park and was soon snared by a fisherman’s hook. The man removed the hook and let him go. Then he was apprehended by a rehabber from the Eloy are who brought him to Liberty. Here, he got hydrated and fed, lowered his parasite levels, and rested up until one of our stalwart volunteers gave him a ride to Sea World San Diego last week.
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Ever since we initiated the foster program many years ago, we have been churning out the orphan great horned owls by the dozens. With the aid of certain immortal owl foster parents like Hogan and Igor, we have been able to release hundreds of orphan owls who are totally wild and are averse to any contact with humans. Successful raptors hate people with the intensity of a thousand exploding suns, and these birds do just that! “Have a care, rodents of Arizona! Liberty’s foster child owls are coming for you! “
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Don’t Forget Wishes For Wildlife 2019!
Posted by Terry Stevens