Monday, September 1, 2008

Hoots, Howls, & Hollers 09/01/08

The first signs of the migration have shown themselves at Liberty Wildlife. One season flows into the next, imperceptively but surely. Migration is the catch word that began to be murmured around the facility just as "orphan" seemed to be a thing of the past. After the huge storm of last week we saw the beginning of the onslaught of the “not your ordinary” species in the desert. In This Week at Liberty you will get a glimpse of those avian species that hit a bump in the road and ended up in our care.

Because there is never a totally seamless transition between calendar seasons or repetitive events, we were confronted with two young barn owls that will provide this year’s seasonal overlap. As we care for the migrants, stabilizing them to follow their annual trek in search of food, we will also be providing baby food to those barn owl late comers from the Prescott area.

It reminds me of the past when we used to have a huge End of the Orphan Care Season Party at someone’s house. Everyone brought their favorite dishes and beverages to share and breathed out a sigh of relief that the season had changed and at least the efforts, while always present, were different and less demanding in many ways. The only problem was that someone invariably dropped off some downy babies at the party that someone else had to take back to the facility to be cared for. This year’s barn owls were the arrivals that reminded us that the seasons at Liberty Wildlife aren’t ever seamless…a bold overlap reminder in the form of two helpless little kids.

Life goes on…..embrace change….the motto of the day!

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