Emergency rehab for raptors

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Liberty Wildlife   Pelican in the Desert before transport to SeaWorld San Diego for release

Do you love wildlife and feel a thrill when you experience them up close? Then you’ll enjoy observing firsthand how volunteers at Liberty Wildlife Center in Phoenix treat injured, wild animals.

The center’s volunteers will display live raptors and various kinds of owls, peregrine falcons, hawks and bald eagles, while they educate you on the center’s method of returning rehabilitated creatures to their natural habitat.

Take advantage of this unusual opportunity to see and photograph a bald eagle and other birds up close. The center has a rotating education session, as well as interactive exhibits. You may want to challenge two ravens, Lenny and Clarence, to see if they will talk to you.

The mission of the nonprofit center, founded in 1981, is to nurture the nature of Arizona through wildlife rehabilitation, natural-history education and conservation services to the community. The center treats up to 8,000 animals annually, including birds, waterfowl, small mammals and reptiles. It operates a wildlife hotline, a wildlife drop-off window and a variety of habitat-related community services.

Liberty Wildlife partners with Arizona Game and Fish, particularly in the Department’s programs for gold and bald eagles. Other partnerships include U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad, Audubon Arizona, Desert Rivers Audubon, Arizona Public Service, and more.

After your morning with southwestern wildlife, you’ll enjoy an authentic southwestern lunch at Los Dos Molinos in south-central Phoenix. The owner’s great-grandmother’s molinos (chili grinders) inspired the restaurant’s name – as well as the recipes handed down from the family’s New Mexico ranch, where only Hatch chiles will do!

NOTE: Be prepared for moderate walking.

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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, March 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

COST: $60

MAXIMUM: 56

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