Monday, April 19, 2010

This Week at Liberty 04/19/2010

Intake number so far this year: 436
The biggest event last week was the Wishes for Wildlife fundraiser, but since I didn't have my camera, you'll have to wait until next week for photos! The Orphan Care room is filling up and our crack staff of baby bird caregivers is doing a great job in keeping up with the growing number of orphans. Several more orphan GHO's arrived, as did a number of young peregrines and they are all getting great care. Having Dr. Orr around is a wonderful advantage in caring for all the birds - and bunnies - that have arrived recently.
Three little orphan phoebes await the latest feeding in OC.
An injured baby duckling gets some medicine.
The non-raptorial bird intake is picking up rapidly. Phoebes, mockingbirds, thrashers, verdins, ducklings, almost every type of bird you can imagine eventually shows up for some R&R at Liberty. We treat them all, keeping the natives for release and out-sourcing the non-natives after stabilization and identification. The joint is starting to jump!
Two baby RTH's and their foster parents.
A couple of baby GHO fosters.
"I fell out of my nest!"
A killer in the making...
First feathers coming in.
Leslie keeps the baby warm.
The latest arrival.
We get barn owl babies too!
OK, it seems as though it was raining owl babies last week. I suppose each year we have a period when this happens, and last week the GHO tsunami hit. Suddenly our foster parents Sedona and Igor have ten kids! It's a little difficult to get "family portraits" since I don't have a camera port in their enclosure yet, but I'll try to keep you updated on the progress of the foster teams. The barn owl family is a little slower in growing, but we know it will come.
"Don't laugh at my wrap!"
Another handsome little bird!
The third arrival - another male.
For some reason, we were also bombarded with young male peregrines last week. They are probably migrating right now and when they pass through territory not their own, they sometimes have difficulty traversing unfamiliar terrain. Collisions occur with tree limbs, wires, windows, antennae, all sorts of solid objects that somehow come between them and the birds that are their quarry. Two of these little guys are of particular interest to some of our volunteers as they bear a striking resemblance to Jedi, a male who was on our education team for several years.
Weighing in...
Dr. Orr examines the big bunny with the help of Marion.

A broken leg is expertly wrapped.
It's really comforting to have Dr. Orr so close by now, especially when this cotton tail came in after having a close encounter with an automobile! A broken front leg was the cause for some treatment and an opportunity for some training as Dr. Orr shared her expertise with the Medical Services volunteers to whom bunnies are somewhat new. This little guy was in good hands!

1 comment:

Barbara Gowan said...

I look forward to benefitting Liberty Wildlife as part of Authors for Earth Day. Children at Adams Traditional Academy will receive an author visit and I'll donate my fee to Liberty. The kids will vote on which animal from LW the money will help support. A LW volunteer will present an assembly on Earth Day morning so the kids get both an author visit and LW assembly. Will it be those orphaned owlets? I'll keep you posted. Until then check out
Barbara Gowan, children's author