Hoots, Howls, and Hollers – October 23, 2017
So, ‘tis the season, and I want to be sure that you faithful readers get an early notice of some cool, fun ways that you can accomplish your shopping needs and help Liberty Wildlife at the same time.
If you have visited our web site lately you will see a pop up (I know, dreaded pop ups), but this one is important. This is notification that we are having a really cool Unique Boutique which will titillate all of your buying urges. There will be new items, slightly used items, antiques, collectables, garden delights, jewelry, and tons of other irresistible items for you to buy for yourself, your family, and friends for any occasion or for one of the upcoming holidays.
The first annual Liberty Wildlife Unique Boutique will be held on November 11th from 9 to 4 at our new location, 2600 E. Elwood, Phoenix, AZ 85040. It costs a mere $5 to enter and that $5 will be applied to the purchase of an item. You can‘t find a better deal in town while at the same time supporting a most worthy cause.
If you have items that you would like to donate….things you no longer need but would make someone else’s heart sing, let us know. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the process. It will be great to see ALL of you here.
For a special gift you might take a look at the new jewelry on sale in our store. The Katy SOARS bracelets are handcrafted semiprecious stone bracelets in the colors of our wild birds with recycled pewter “Liberty Wildlife” charms…5 different charms to choose from. Mix and match and be totally in style!
Adding to the new store inventory will be t-shirts. Designs for kids, gals, and guys….check in soon to see them.
Finally, you will very much enjoy our tribute to Halloween programming. Saturday, Oct. 28th at 11:15 you and your family can learn about Things That Go Hoot in the Night. On Sunday, October 29th there will be two performances. Creepy Crawlies with Dr. Todd Driggers at 11:15. At noon there will be a Ha”owl” loween presentation also in the amphitheater.
I look forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones. There are many opportunities for you to engage with us….do it!
This Week @ Liberty – October 23, 2017
You’ll notice that we “only” took in 90 animals in the last 2 weeks. That’s pretty typical for this time of year but we’re still hundreds over last year’s record breaking total. The good news is we have a new, bigger facility to handle the increased intake numbers. The other good news is we have the time to devote to other new activities such as in-house education presentations and program development. Now that the temperature is somewhat (!) mitigating, the attendance at our local functions is gradually growing, as are our hopes for a multitude of on premises fund raising events. This is such a beautiful venue and we hope to attract lots of people and the associated exposure as time goes by. And as always, the day-to-day work of taking in injured wildlife and providing them with the best care available proceeds unabated. Here’s the latest goings on…
On October 11th, local school-age kids were on Fall Break and this provided them the opportunity to pay a visit to the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife. Guests to our increasingly popular Wednesday open hours were able join in as local school children and their families visited with all our education ambassador animals and see a live bird of prey presentation.
A group of “Teen Trackers” (teen volunteers) from Arizona Animal Welfare League visited recently. On the first week, the young adults were able to tour the facility, build kestrel/screech owl nest boxes, and meet some of our educational ambassadors including bald eagle Laddie, herself a teenager. The next group got to witness Dr. Lamb performing surgery on a hawk to remove pellets from a gunshot and then repair the damage to the wing.
Volunteer Laura Irving arranged for a large group (almost 40) of her fellow employees to come to Liberty for a day of work – and hopefully fun. They showed up early and despite the high temps, worked hard throughout the morning painting enclosure doors, moving rocks, trimming trees, and in general sprucing up the facility. Thanks to all who participated!
We took in another flammulated owl last week. These little owls are beautiful to see, but difficult to rehabilitate as they historically don’t do well in captivity. Our goal is to release him soon.
The little sapsucker shows just how pretty a boreal bird can be.
The domestic duck shows again how dangerous discarded fishing gear can be for all wildlife. The line is constricting his leg and the hook is embedded in his foot. Do I have to say it one more time…? Be careful with your fishing gear!!
Long time volunteer Anna Pella became the first person married at the Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife on the 13th. It was a very beautiful ceremony attended by family and friends including many Liberty Wildlife fellow volunteers. Good food, nice music, and mild temperatures marked the occasion as Anna and Andrew took their vows near our wetlands in the late afternoon golden light. Our best wishes go to them!!
At the first meeting of the Education group this season, many new volunteers showed up to join the ed effort. In addition, we released an owl to commemorate the dedication of the hand feeding station to the memory of long time volunteer and friend, Donna Jabara.
We still miss you, Donna J…
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