The Issue: Orphaned Birds Face Disappearing Habitats
As human population growth expands into animal breeding grounds, the animals are forced to move into unfamiliar and potentially dangerous territory, often crisscrossed with busy roadways. Many of these animals are also lost or left behind in the process of displacement. Liberty Wildlife takes in these orphaned animals and cares for them until they are old enough to be set free. Last year, the organization rehabilitated 4,000 animals.
The Campaign: Feed and Shelter Injured Animals
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Liberty Wildlife can provide a month's worth of food and shelter to help rehabilitate 10 injured songbirds, owls, eagles, and falcons through its Orphan Care program. Each additional $40 raised will fund supplies for one bird for one month. The organization must purchase a variety of specialty items including incubators, heating pads, crickets, and hand-feeding formula, as well as replace worn equipment including food dishes and perches.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Liberty Wildlife aims to protect wildlife as a precious natural resource as well as serve as a permanent community resource to connect the public with nature and encourage stewardship of native wildlife. The organization educates the public through classroom and civic events that spotlight animals that cannot be released. It also promotes conservation research in habitat restoration, mortality investigations, and human conflicts with wildlife to prevent harm to local animals.
In addition to education and advocacy work, Liberty Wildlife works on the ground by conducting expeditions to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals. Its Rescue and Transport team seeks out injured animals in the field and transports them to the facility for medical services. Then, volunteers care for orphaned or injured birds by maintaining flight cages, hand-feeding baby birds—some of which require feedings every 15 minutes—and matching orphaned birds with feathered foster parents.