Monday, April 26, 2010

This Week at Liberty 04/26/2010

Intake total as of Monday April 26: 548

Baby bird season is building rapidly. The peeping of tiny babies in the OC room is pleasantly deafening, and almost every brooder in the ICU is full, plus Sedona has almost 10 fosters now. In the midst of all this, we did our first program at the Verde Canyon RR in Clarkdale this week, a scout troop refurbished our parking lot, and there are still adult birds arriving at the window! One saving grace is Dr. Orr is close and available now and this is a great resource for both the Medical Services people and the birds!
Number 5 is alive!
A new baby GHO and raven share a tub.
Sedona's brood is growing.
Two of the GHO eggs that were in our super-high-tech incubator hatched this week, although they needed a small bit of help. They are being placed with fosters as I write this. The incubator also had a few new residents as the contents of a raven nest displaced by progress are also being fed and brooded in the office. Sedona, our new star foster mom, is doing a great job with Igor and seems to be accepting her new job with ease.
Libby looks like she has new wings in Clarkdale!
A thrill she'll never forget.
Jan works the crowd.
The "Rattlesnake Dance"!
Recently, Liberty entered a partnership with the Verde Canyon Rail Road. It's a perfect match for both of us, and is a great source of funds for us and education for the patrons of the Rail Road since they traverse territory that is home to many of the birds we rehabilitate including eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. If you haven't been on this excursion, you need to think about it! We did a two hour presentation for the RR patrons, and then two more shows for several hundred local school kids that were bussed in for the event.
The guys of Troop 446 rebuild our parking lot! (photo by John Glitsos)
A superb job! (photo by John Glitsos)
Last Saturday, the boys of Scout Troop 446 came to Liberty and spent several hours redoing our parking lot. On some days, the car count is extraordinary and with extra foliage and little demarkation, it was a chore to park safely. Under Joe Miller's supervision, new fencing was installed, some trimming was accomplished, and the lot was leveled to preclude the many puddles and troughs we used to have. THANKS TROOP 446!
Joanie assesses while Tony holds.
Hook, line and sinkers...
The cutting begins.
Lots of helping hands.
A double-crested cormorant came in last week with a mass of fishing gear wrapped around his wing. A multiple-barbed hook, loads of monofilament, and some lead sinkers were all wrapped tightly around his wing, causing substantial damage. It took two of us cutting and clipping while Tony held the distressed bird to get all of the offending material removed. This is another example of what we tell kids in our education classes: if you go fishing, don't leave snarled line and unusable hooks and equipment where animals can encounter it - because they WILL!
Amanda examines a badly wounded harris' hawk.

Michaele holds for Dr. Orr.
An unfortunate little HaHa came in with a severely damaged wing last Saturday. Found in a fairly urban area, the bird's right wing was nearly severed from some unknown trauma. Fortunately, Dr. Orr was home and came instantly to the bird's assistance, helping Amanda and Michaele with this difficult case. The hawk's prognosis is guarded, depending largely on how much of the wing remains viable in the long term. It is a great help to have access to Dr. Orr on such short notice!

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