Hoots, Howls, and Hollers – November 06, 2017
So, here is the information that I know you need before this weekend’s Unique Boutique. Many thanks to Kathy Edwards for all of her hard work. Be there or be square!
Click on the link below to see lots more photos and details!
A lot of you know I am an animal lover and a volunteer at Liberty Wildlife. As a member of the fundraising committee (“Guardians”) I am proud to support our1st Annual Unique Boutique Fundraiser.
All proceeds will benefit Liberty Wildlife!
DATE: Saturday – November 11, 2017
TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Liberty Wildlife’s New Campus
2600 East Elwood Street
MARK YOUR CALENDARS !
CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR MORE DETAILS & PICTURES !
Please Note: This sale is listed on Estatesales.net under the
“other liquidations” column.
You do not want to miss this sale!
Thank you for your continued loyalty & support.
Kathy F Edwards
This Week @ Liberty – November 06, 2017
As the intake rate decreases, our focus takes a seasonal bend towards education. A number of Ed functions are scheduled each week, hopefully to both increase public appreciation for the wildlife in Arizona, and to gain exposure for the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife and all we offer to the community. Our new facility provides so much more than a place to drop off injured pigeons but we need to get the word out that we’re here! To that end, several fun, educational events took place recently with more in the offing.
Along with the emphasis on education, providing first class medical care for injured and orphaned native Arizona wildlife remains our main function, even in the slow time of the year. This is the season when we see a few visitors that only turn up when the flocks of migratory birds pass through our state. When they run into problems, we’re there to give whatever assistance we can before releasing them to return to their journey.
Let’s recap the past fortnight…
Each year, we take in several water fowl who are not terribly injured, but they have chosen to land in an inappropriate location, namely not in water. Certain species have a physical architecture that makes it impossible for them to motivate on land. Their legs are so far aft of their center of gravity that they can only move or take-off on water. Once in a while they will land on a street or something that looks a bit like water and then they are stuck until they somehow get back to a lake or pond. Loons and their smaller cousins, grebes, will show up when people find them on the ground and they tell us, “He can’t fly!” which is not entirely true. Many times all we have to do is get them back to a big enough lake and they are released and do fine. This year we took in 4 loons and a couple of grebes, probably on migratory flights.
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Two more migrants that came to us for help recently are this northern saw-whet owl and the hermit thrush.
The saw-whet, one of two we are caring for right now, is a common owl in north American forests. A tiny owl with a catlike face, oversized head, and bright yellow eyes, the Northern Saw-whet Owl is highly nocturnal and seldom seen. Their high-pitched too-too-too call is a common evening sound in evergreen mountain forests from January through May.
The Hermit Thrush lurks in the understories of far northern forests in summer and is a frequent winter companion across much of the country. It forages on the forest floor by rummaging through leaf litter or seizing insects with its bill.
Both the saw-whet and the hermit thrush were almost certainly on migratory journeys when they ran into trouble and came to Liberty for help.
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Two new lizards at Liberty are this tiny gecko that was rescued near the wetlands, and a young chuckwalla. The gecko will be released but the chuckwalla is slated to join the Education team. It seems he walked into a local Mexican restaurant/cantina recently and was captured and brought to Liberty Wildlife (“A chuckwalla walks into a bar…”?)
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A couple of items of recent note include a thank you to Volunteers Robin and Tenacity. As Laura writes, “They are just awesome volunteers who literally throw themselves into their work at Liberty Wildlife. They willingly jump into the wetlands to remove cattails and invasive species that would take over the native water feature.”
We recently added a large flat screen monitor to the volunteer/intake area to provide volunteers with any information and/or news that they should know about. It will be updated as needed and will serve as an electronic bulletin board. (Thanks to John Glitsos for his expertise getting it set up.)
And finally, Evelyn is one of our Interpretive Guides on Wednesday. We had a few children come for open hours and see just got really into playing with them … Not sure why they all decided to plank though, but kids having fun while learning about nature is one of our goals.
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One of the coolest features of the new Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife is the “Big classroom” near the amphitheater. This large room with multiple windows and doors, and equipped with 75″ touch-screen monitors and moveable tables, is useful in many ways.
Recently Dr. Todd Driggers gave a presentation on his trip to Madagascar and pointed out some of the CREEPY CREATURES he saw there (part of our Halloween weekend festivities).
On another day, Laura and Dr. Ingram put on a program for the public which they called “Stump the vet!” Then on Sunday afternoon, we held a wine and cheese tasting event in the classroom which was extremely interesting – and delicious! This event included releasing two rehabilitated kestrels that flew around thew wetlands for several minutes after leaving their carrier.
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As Jan has announced, we lost two more of our older and beloved education animals. Yang, a beautiful gopher snake, and Lucilla, a gorgeous female kestrel, both of which had been with us for many years, died of complications of advanced age. Both of these animals starred on the Education team for almost thirty years combined. There’s no telling how many kids (and adults!) these two quiet educators experienced and influenced positively over the years. Almost any teacher would be proud of their record.
Fairfarren, Yang and Lucilla. You can rest now…
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Posted by Terry Stevens