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Release of Rescued Herons at Roosevelt Dam

SRP, Liberty Wildlife release herons at Roosevelt Dam

SRP and Liberty Wildlife released two rescued, great blue herons to the wild Tuesday morning. The three-month-old herons were rescued from the top of Roosevelt Dam by SRP employee Chris Cliburn.

Last spring, Cliburn found a nest with three eggs on top of a stilling well he uses every day to measure the lake levels.

“The birds built their nest right in the middle of a busy area for us. At least once a day, one or two operators would have to come to that area to take lake measurements,” said Cliburn, operations specialist at Roosevelt Dam.

Great blue herons are native to Arizona and often found at SRP reservoirs including Roosevelt Lake. The birds and their nests are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They are colonial nesters and tend to build their nests close to other herons.

With the nest in the way, Cliburn called on SRP avian expert Lesly Swanson for advice on moving the nest. Swanson contacted the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how SRP should address the nest.  SRP then worked with Liberty Wildlife to evaluate their options at Roosevelt Dam.  Liberty Wildlife and SRP quickly determined that there was no safe location where the nest could be moved.   Therefore, Liberty Wildlife took possession of the eggs and nest.

“In our regular day-to-day operations, we often encounter birds and in some instances we may have to move a nest to ensure the well-being of the birds and the delivery of safe, reliable water and power.  SRP works closely with Liberty Wildlife to address wildlife needs at SRP facilities,” said Lesly Swanson, senior environmental scientist in SRP’s biological and cultural resources group.

Swanson’s group ensures that SRP is in compliance with federal and state environmental and cultural resources policies and regulations.

The surviving two herons, whom Cliburn named Monique and Unique, were released Tuesday morning at the base of the dam and now have a good chance of surviving, said Laura Hackett, a Liberty Wildlife volunteer.

“This is a really great outcome,” Hackett said. “They seem really comfortable like they are going to be able to adapt really well. I expect great things.”


Calling All Night Owls to Scottsdale's The Night Run

The Night Run 8k and 3-mile fun run returns to Old Town Scottsdale on Saturday, May 11. Beginning at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, the 8k course will wind through Old Town’s night club district and along the greenbelt.

Known as “Night Run for the Arts” from the mid-1980s until 2009, the fitness tradition continues to promote healthy lifestyles.

Co-directors John Lookabaugh and Tricia Schafer took over the event in 2012 and had the 8k course certified by USA Track & Field, bringing a more competitive edge to the event. Last year, three state age group records were set, and this year promises a race fit for both elites and beginners.

“We’ve preserved the local nature of the event, and are shining the spotlight on Old Town,” explains Co-director Tricia Schafer. “We connect with our participants, sponsors, and vendors early on, creating a unique feeling of community. Many of our participants get to know each other through our training groups, vOWLunteer network, team challenge, owl mascot photo-ops, or social media contests, which makes race night feel sort of like a reunion.”

The Night Run raised $10,000 last year for Workshops for Youth & Families, a non-profit that provides leadership and development programs for teens and their parents.

“We are ready to run, walk and have fun again in 2013!” said Workshops Founder Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger. “Our 34-year history of active programming is a perfect fit with The Night Run. We want to expand our reach and increase scholarships that will influence more youth to make long-term positive health choices.”

Supporters of the 2013 event include the K2 Adventures Foundation, GoDaddy.com, SCF Arizona, Oh Yeah! Nutrition, Safeway, Security Title, and Squire Sanders LLP.

The 3-mile run/walk will begin at 7:15 p.m. and the competitive 8k at 8 p.m. Children 12 and under can participate in the 3-mile for free with a registered adult. New to this year, participants will receive reflective “night owl” shirts and there will be live owls from Liberty Wildlife at the Owl’s Nest during the event’s Health and Wellness expo.

For more race information and registration, visit thenightrun.org


SRP Offers Free Electrical Safety Workshop

SRP is sponsoring a free Electric Safety Workshop to educate workers on the potential hazards of working near overhead and underground electrical power lines and other utilities. The workshop will focus on tree workers, landscapers and excavators as well as individuals who work around utility lines.

Instruction will be in English and Spanish.

The event will include safety presentations on overhead and underground electrical, gas and other utilities, OSHA regulations, Blue Stake procedures, trenching and shoring demonstrations, and live electrical demonstrations of what can happen when contact is made with power lines. The event will also feature presentations by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Arizona Public Service, Southwest Gas, Cox Communications, Arizona Blue Stake, Arizona Burn Center, Trench Shore Rentals, Asplundh Tree Expert Company and Liberty Wildlife. There will also be safety presentations including a live tree rescue and hazards involving chain saws and aerial lifts.

Participants must be 18 years or older. The workshop includes lunch and a chance to win raffle prizes. Tree workers can receive 4.5 CEUs (A/U/T/M) from the International Society of Arboriculture.

When: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. Registration begins at 6 a.m.

Where: SRP’s PERA Club, 1 East Continental Drive in Tempe.

Where: Every year, professional tree trimmers, landscapers and excavators are killed or seriously injured in electrical contact tree-trimming and excavation accidents.  Workers also operate dangerous equipment and are vulnerable to serious injuries when working near overhead and underground electric lines and other utilities.

For more information or to register, call (602) 236-2995 or email electricsafetywksp@srpnet.com.