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Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Liberty Wildlife is dedicated to nurturing the nature of Arizona's wildlife through quality rehabilitation, community education and conservation services.

Programs: Rehabilitation, research and conservation is dedicated to solving human/wildlife conflicts, conducting scientific research as well as providing specialized services, care and rehabilitation for native wildlife. Rescue and transportation teams go out into the field and bring in animals in need for medical services, daily care, and rehabilitation. The organization assists over 5,000 native and non-native animals with a release rate of over 50, above the national norm. This includes over 130 different avian, mammal and reptile species. The organizations programs include hawks and eagles in flighted training programs and releasing numerous native wildlife back into the wild. Over 400 volunteers have participated in programs to care for, feed, and rehabilitate wildlife. The organization uses dedicated staff and contracted biologists to respond to challenges pertaining to wildlife. Annual internships are provided to students for

the organization believes strongly in connecting children with the natural world. Their education group visits classroom and civic events with non-releasable wildlife. The organization provided over 825 educational programs across the state at over 485 venues using more than 50 animals in live presentations with trained presenters. Attention is given to conservation and sustainability, state standards, age appropriateness, specific educational requests, and enhancing compassion and engagement with the participants.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cjann227

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not a lot of places that will take injured wild birds, so I was beyond happy to have found this place and drive an hour to save a dove that was hurt in my neighborhood. They even ask pertinent questions like where the animal was found so they could re-release in that general area once it was healed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife is one of the coolest organizations I know of. Not only do they help return thousands of ill or injured animals back to the wild, their education programs are terrific. I have volunteered in this area, and it is hard to describe the reaction of children and adults when they see a great horned owl, an American Kestrel or a turkey vulture up close and learn the story of how they came to be injured and recovered. These wildlife ambassadors teach people about the wonders of nature, even though their lifetime in the natural world has ended due to injury or disease. Over 300 dedicated volunteers contribute to the cause of helping wildlife, and many get back as much as their contribute!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife takes in injured wildlife and provides medical and rehabilitative care until the animals can be returned to the wild. This is an invaluable service in a metropolitan community where many human activities adversely affect wild animals. I have volunteered for the organization in many roles and was a member of the staff for four years. I have always been struck by the incredible impact wild animals have on humans, those that find them injured in the wild, or those that see the education ambassadors at outreach events. Liberty Wildlife serves the human community as much as the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife is an organization of highly dedicated volunteers helping Arizona's native wildlife. Every injured animal that arrives at Liberty has a bad experience with human caused conditions; wires, windows, poison, sticky traps, cats, etc. The goal of Liberty is to have no animals on premises, having returned all back to the wild. A significant percentage of those that are treated at Liberty are indeed returned. The Education group of Liberty does a great job of educating the publicv, school children, civic groups on living with wildlife. I'm in my 16th year as a volunteer at Liberty.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in my 15th year as a volunteer for Liberty Wildlife. I do a number of things for Liberty including Medical Services work treating injured wildlife, construction of new or expanded enclosures for both rehab and education animals and rerpairs that are always needed on an aging facility. It is a real thrill to work with a California Condor to start my shift and end the day with a Hummingbird. We are really one of the only advocates that these wild creatures have as they continue to experience serious injuries because of man. Cars, windows, poisons, electrical wires, monofiliment fish line, habitat loss are just a few. Alm ost 55% of our patients are returned to the wild. Education is a critical part of the role that Liberty Wildlife plays in the Community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife has been part of my curriculum for over 15 years. The volunteers are always ready and willing to come to what ever event I have planned. They are truly educational bringing their mission in all that they do. There message of Conservation and Preservation is evident at all times. Liberty shows the upmost respect for the birds and their needs while educating people of all ages.
My students remember the conservation message that Liberty delivers. I often hear the students discussing what was said days later.
Liberty Wildlife is a fantastic organization dealing with Conservation, Education and Rehabilitation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always loved birds and saw a story on 3TV about Liberty Wildlife. The story mentioned that Liberty Wildlife had volunteer opportunities, so I looked into it and ended up joining their Orphan Care program. What a WONDERFUL experience! I helped take care of, and get educated on, many different kinds of baby birds. I was also able to assist the Medical Services team with some of the older birds.

What a phenomenal organization! The work they do to help preserve Arizona's native wildlife is beyond words. It's very sad that there are so many injured birds, but because of organizations such as Liberty Wildlife and the volunteers that work there, many of the animals get a second chance at life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization rehabilitates all injured or orphaned native Arizona animals. Over 3500 animals come to Liberty each year. Volunteer based, the people at Liberty devote an extraordinary amount of time and talent to saving animals. In addition, there is an extensive education program for school children and civic groups providing information about Arizona's animals and what the public can do to protect the natural world as part of our legacy for future generations. The group reaches people in every corner of Arizona and rescues animals from all over the state. It has been selected to provide non-eagle feathers to Native Americans throughout the country as part of a US Gov. pilot project. Liberty is a wonderful organization, well established and respected. It's an honor to be a part of the team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started at Liberty Wildlife 1 year ago. I worked in Orphan Care. I fell in Love with Liberty Wildlife and all the wonderful people that do amazing work there every day. The volunteers there are very dedicated, hardworking and generous people. After a full season in Orphan Care I moved to Medical services, in this position I have seen miracles through the work of the senor Med Staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Liberty Wildlife is such an amazing part of my life! I have been volunteering for over a year now and I feel so blessed to be a part of seeing and helping so many amazing birds! I feel like I have a second family volunteering there, and I continue to learn such amazing things from the people I volunteer with about the birds we rescue and rehabilitate. It has always been clear that everyone involved is so dedicated and truly cares for all of the birds. I hope I am able to be a part of Liberty Wildlife for as long as I am living in AZ. :-)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife is 1 of the most important Animal Rescue places in the great state of AZ with 1 of the most dedicated group of animal lovers I have ever met!
We rescue fallen birds and animals all year long at any time of day or night. Thousands of birds are rehabilitated and released back into the wild yearly.
Volunteers will drive countless miles to rescue hurt birds and mammals.
This organization is 100% volunteer based and is an unsung hero in our community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Liberty Wildlife for almost 4 years now. I especially love working in the Orphan Care (OC) department, but since OC is seasonal, I work year-round in medical services. It is a very fulfilling to be part of rehabilitating sick and injured animals.

I'm also an avid birder and volunteering for Liberty gives me the opportunity to see so many birds close up; it's rather thrilling to see the different morphs of birds that would be near impossible to see in the wild. Recently, I had the opportunity to assist senior medical services feed condor #122 who was at Liberty for rehabilitation from lead poisoning. I never thought I would get to see a condor that up-close and personal; what an amazing bird!

I'm currently a graduate student with an interest in population ecology and modelling avian populations. Liberty has been a terrific source of inspiration for my research and an invaluable source of data and information.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife provides medical care and rehabilitation to native AZ species and is working diligently to preserve nature in a way that is unique and unparalleled. In addition, they are performing top notch educational programs to teach conservation and preservation in various settings throughout the state and region. I am proud to be a part of this special organization and know that our work is making a positive impact on the environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became associated with Liberty Hotline through an article in the local newspaper asking for volunteers. In my time with the hotline, I have participated in the rescue of all sorts of Arizona wildlife from eagles to baby rabbits. Liberty never turns an injured animal away, even if it is not a species that can be kept in their facility for a long period of time. They treat it and then find the proper location for it to rehab.
I also feed baby birds in their orphan care program and I see the loving care given every baby that comes to us.
These are wonderful people who give their time unstintingly to care for the wild animals of Arizona.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I brought a bird into Wildlife that I had found injured. I was asked if I wanted to volunteer when fillinf out the paperwork. I checked yes. I was contacted by email soon after and asked if I wanted to come to an oreintation meeting. I attended and then was put on the schedule to helop every Thursday for 4 hours in the orphan room. Helping feed, and clean the cages fo the birds that were taken in for rehabilitation. I enjoyed every minute of my experience with Wildlife staff they were alll very kind and great teachers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife is staffed by a group of knowledgeable and extremely dedicated volunteers. The variety of jobs done by these people is just amazing.

I have learned so much by:

* Watching those who dedicate countless volunteer hours to managing the facility, and the small office staff who do the 'business aspect' of keeping the organization operating, making each dollar work as hard as possible to help as many birds and animals as possible, is a lesson in teamwork and how to run an efficient and cost effective organization.
*Seeing how clean and scrubbed the mews and holding cages are every day. This shows that the daily care volunteers really care about the home and the health of the birds and animals.
* Watching the hand feeding team volunteers carefully measure the amount of food that each education raptor will be fed, adding raptor vitamins to ensure the bird receives all vital nutrients, then weighing each bird, logging that weight and the weight and type of food being served, into the daily log book. This shows how the volunteers understand the requirements of each and every bird, every single day.
*Seeing the Medical Service volunteers thoroughly examine every single animal, from tiny cottontail bunnies to large beautiful hawks, searching to find anything that may be broken, have an electrocution burn, gunshot wound, fish hook or fishing line embedded, and the other types of injury that humans seem to accidently or on purpose inflict on these wild creatures. This shows a depth of dedication to helping the bird or animal overcome the injury that one would expect to see in a hospital for humans.
* Watching the Orphan Care volunteers prepare and feed the hundreds, even thousands, of orphans- little birds, hawks, owls, rabbits etc is a lesson in organization! They even take extra care by wearing camouflage that conceals the face, hands and body, to avoid 'imprinting' tiny raptors while feeding them, to ensure they will be releaseable when they are old enough and strong enough to survive on their own.
*Seeing actual raptor foster parents raising orphaned babies of any size, including teaching them the skills necessary to survive in the outside world. This shows that non-releasable, non-education raptors have a positive impact in helping return their species to the wild.
*Watching the Education volunteers take education birds to festivals, churches, schools, nursing homes, and other events, showing the beauty of the birds up close, explaining how and why the bird became an education bird, describing where and how the bird would live in the wild. These birds are no longer able to fly free and soar on the wind, to hunt for themselves, to mate and raise a family, but they are willing partners in educating the public on what people can do to help secure a place in the world for their species.
*Manning the Hotline, where the public calls for assistance and information about what to do with orphan or injured birds, providing an opportunity to interact and educate the public. Helping them understand how to safely return a baby bird that has fallen out of the nest, what to do about an injured bird, is very rewarding.
*Calling a trained Rescue and Transport volunteer, who may drive many miles to pick up an injured or orphaned raptor. Knowing that there are volunteers out there who are willing to give their time (and gas!) to rescuing a raptor is a great feeling.

There are many other volunteers and areas at Liberty Wildlife that provide native birds, raptors and animals an opportunity to grow up, heal and return to their special place in the world.

Liberty Wildlife is a Living Example of their Mission Statement:

"Liberty Wildlife is dedicated to nurturing the nature of Arizona's wildlife through quality rehabilitation, community education and conservation services".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"We only save what we love, we only love what we understand" I herd this years ago and for the past 23 years have spent many a day in classrooms in front of coutless numbers of youngsters with a live Eagle for them to view. Hopefully they will understand them, in the hope that they will love them and their world so they will save them, as well as themselves.

Carlos A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does a great job at what it does. They allow volunteers to get all sorts of experience. Also if a volunteer does not feel comfortable doing something, they are more than welcomed to say so. Liberty will not force people to do something they do not want to do. The people at liberty emanate a love for all wildlife and animals. The organization is well structured and are able to get many jobs done in a short amount of time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty Wildlife plays a central role in protecting wildlife and educating the public in our community. This organization has a hotline that the public can be freely accessed every day of the week from approximately 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. As a hotline volunteer, I can attest how useful this resource is to the community as we get calls ranging from injured wildlife to homeless pets to tempering unwanted wildlife encounters. In almost all these cases, we are able to assist these callers even if it is simply referring them to other community resources that can better aid them in resolving the issue.

Sara W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Liberty Wildlife has been the best decision of my life. I get to work hands on with Arizona animals ( and some outsiders) and directly contribute to saving their lives. I am a part of the daily care team and I am responsible for feeding the birds, cleaning their enclosures and providing any assistance to the medical services staff. Everyone I meet I tell them about Liberty because all that they do to save the species in Arizona inspiring. The staff is incredibly devoted and kindhearted. I am often trying to recruit people to come volunteer here because it has made such a positive impact on me! I mean come on, who wouldn't want to wake up and save a hawk or an owl all before breakfast?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I obtained an internship with Liberty Wildlife over the summer of 2010. I met extraordinary people passionate about wildlife and conservation. I built skills necessary for the biology field in animal capture and animal behavior as well as basic medical services. I was trained in areas of rehabilitation as well as public education. This non-profit organization is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about Arizona's beautiful wildlife.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to volunteer at Liberty Wildlife back in 2009. I started out feeding the owls and was amazed by their beauty and grace. I started volunteering in late fall so I had missed the baby season and didn't get the full picture of just how important Liberty's role is until the orphaned baby owls started pouring in during the spring of 2010. Enclosures that had two non-releasable owls now held twenty owls a piece!

Baby owlets are placed in an enclosure with a set of foster parents who feed and protect them until they are old enough to feed themselves. Those foster parents treat the owlets like their own kids and it was a joy and a privilege watching them grow so fast!

Owl feeders are encouraged to go in with food, deposit it, and leave as quickly as possible so the babies don't become too familiar with humans. Babies who need medical attention are treated by medical technicians who feed them wearing camo suits and used puppets to hand in the food so the babies won't imprint on humans. The point? Liberty wants to release absolutely any wild creature that can be released back into its natural environment.

I'm in the beginning of my second baby owlet season at Liberty. We already have 6 babies! I don't know what I look forward to more; watching the babies lose their white fuzz, start to hop around their enclosures and learn to feed themselves; or seeing them moved to flight cages so they can learn to fly and hunt in preparation for their final release.

I was given the privilege of releasing one of these beautiful and fierce creatures in the fall of 2010. He had come in as a helpless infant and had grown into an adult owl. I took him to a mountain preserve and opened his traveling box. He knew exactly what to do. He took two hops and went soaring up into the air. He never looked back and why should he? He was strong, healthy, able to look after himself, and wanting what all of us wants: a chance to live the type of life he was born to live.

Thank you Liberty Wildlife. It's all about letting wildlife be wildlife.



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