Great Horned Owls growing like weeds

These two great horned owls are growing very quickly.  They can eat up to 10 mice a day each while they are growing.

They’re nest box has been moved outdoors to a larger rehabilitation chamber.

They do not make good pets and it is illegal to keep them as pets. These are being raised by federal and state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Martin Tyner of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. They were found at different ages by two different people in two different locations and were unable to be returned to the nest. One came to us at approximately one day of age.

They are now fledglings.  If you find a baby like this on the ground, it is normal. Do not be tempted to “rescue it”.  They outgrow their nest and leave it before they can fly. Their parents will continue to feed them on the ground and soon they will learn to fly and follow their parents as they learn to hunt for themselves.

The babies have all they can eat while they are growing.  When they finish their growth stage we will introduce live mice for them to catch.

Hawk and Owl Release

Good Morning Friends of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation,
Martin Tyner here: for the last few weeks our orphaned great horned owl has provided our weekly updates. This week I thought I’d take my turn. Both baby great horned owls are doing well, growing like weeds and eating us out of house and home. In the next few days they will be moved out of my home and into a rehab chamber where there will be very little human contact, which will allow them to grow up to be wild, beautiful great horned owls.
broad-wing hawk 1We’ve had a couple of releases this week. The most unique was a broad-wing hawk. It was injured on the Southern Utah University campus. His injuries were minor; he was only with us for a few days and then released. Here is the unique part. Just for fun, I want everyone to go on the internet and do a google search for broad wing hawks and ask yourself; how did this beautiful hawk end up in downtown Cedar City Utah?broad-wing hawk 3

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The second wildlife release was a big, beautiful, female great horned owl that was hit by a car about a hundred miles north in Fillmore Utah. Her injuries were minor. After two weeks of good food she was ready to be returned to the wild.
Whenever I release one of these beautiful creatures back into the sky I fully expect them to head for the horizon disappearing from sight. Of course I’m only human, and deep in my heart I hope for some small recognition: a look back, a circle overhead, a gift, something to acknowledge that the creature that I’ve cared for understands and somehow appreciates the love and care that we’ve provided. I know that sounds a little bit ridiculous, these are wild animals and for the most part they want to get as far away from me as possible. Remember I am the one who inserts a feeding tube down their throat, sticks them with needles, puts in stiches, takes out stiches; to many of them I am this big mean human that just added to their pain and suffering, not understanding that everything was done to help their recovery. So I completely understand when they blast out of my arms and head for the high country.

This great horned owl release was a bit unique. We took the owl about 15 miles north of town to some really good habitat. I got my camera ready. I removed the owl from the airport kennel. As I was preparing to release her back to the wild I held her in my left hand, held my camera in my right hand up to my eye to see if I could get a couple shots of her as she flew away. As I released her I started clicking off pictures as quickly as possible and we watched her disappear over the horizon. Not a glance back, not a circle in the sky, just disappeared very quickly. As Susan and I drove home we felt happy the beautiful owl was back in the wild; one less mouth to feed. It’s now time to clean out the chamber and get it ready for our next patient.
After arriving home I pulled the memory card out of my camera and downloaded the pictures onto my computer. It’s very hard to even get a usable photograph of a wildlife release when you are the person doing the releasing so I really didn’t expect much. Here is the photograph that I took, as the owl flew away she dropped one small downy feather and that small feather danced in the breeze and remained in the sky overhead long after she had disappeared over the horizon. Finding that photograph, a few hours after the owl was released, is kind of like doing someone a great kindness and then a couple of days later, finding a thank you note and a plate of homemade cookies on your doorstep.

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If anyone would like to help the Southwest Wildlife Foundation they great horned owl release 2can make donations to:
P.O. Box 1907
Cedar City, UT 84721

New Roommate

Hey Everyone,
As you can see from my picture, I have a new roommate. She is also a great horned owl and about 4 or 5 days older than I am. She had fallen from her nest and was picked up by a farmer and his children. They though it would be fun to raise her as a pet. Unfortunately they were feeding her cat food which gave her a very upset tummy. It’s kind of like getting a new roommate whose last meal before moving in was a big pot of beans. Last night she had a terrible case of the squirts and the smell could be weaponized.

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Fortunately for me birds have little to no sense of smell. But she really messed up our nest box. When Mr. Tyner came down stairs for our early morning feeding you could see how bad the smell was from the look on his face and the tears in his eyes. He immediately removed us from the nest box, cleaned up the papers and the rags and hauled the stinky mess outside as quickly as possible.
This is one of the problems with people trying to raise baby wild animals. Most people don’t realize that we have a very specific diet provided by our parents. In order to raise us successfully we need that diet duplicated exactly.
My favorite food is mice. I eat the heads, the bones, the fur; the entire mouse. This helps to give me a balanced diet. When owls eat the right kind of foods, our poop has very little smell. We like being clean.
My new roommate and I are very expensive to feed. We will both eat approximately 10 mice a day at $1 each, so if you would like to help the Southwest Wildlife Foundation continue to provide yummy meals for both of us and all of our friends, donations can be made to

Bad Hair Day!

web pic owl 6Hey Everyone,
Here is my latest picture; I’m obviously having a bad hair day.
Sunday was very busy for the Tyner’s.
Mr. Tyner’s telephone rang at 7:00 in the morning. A pickup truck hit a golden eagle on the Minersville Highway just south of the town of Minersville. The person driving the truck was very upset, he said he has never hit an animal before and was devastated that it was an eagle.

Mr. & Mrs. Tyner immediately jumped into their car and drove more than 40 miles each way to rescue the golden eagle.
Here is the good news. By the time the Tyner’s arrived the eagle had flown approximately 300 yards to the east; and as Mr. Tyner approached, the eagle flew off, sore but uninjured. Everyone was relieved, especially the gentleman who hit the eagle.
Some more good news; the adult great horned owl that the Tyner’s received last week that was hit by a car up in Fillmore Utah is doing well, flying around in the flight chamber and should be releasable soon.web owl injured wing 1
As you can see in the photographs she is incredibly beautiful, I can’t wait; in about 6 weeks I will look just like her and be ready to start flying.

P.S. Check out the video: I’ve learned a new trick! I can swallow mice whole!

My Favorite Breakfast

My favorite breakfast; chunks of mouse!

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Unfortunately when people find baby birds of prey they try and give them water, milk, bird seed, lettuce, hot dogs, hamburger, or bacon not realizing how bad those things are for me. Great horned owls eat almost exclusively rodents of all kinds; mice, rats, gophers, etc. This is why we are so beneficial to our environment.

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Owls do not make good pets. This little guy will be released when he is full grown and learns to hunt and catch mice and small rodents on his own.

Owl Pellets

Hey Everyone,
Today was an exciting day for me. I regurgitated my first owl pellets.
Owl pellets are the undigested parts of the mice I’ve been eating; the fur and the bones.web owl pellet 1



Look at the size of these pellets; can you believe they came out of me?web owl pellet 2





I am exhausted.


First baby owl of 2015

Dear Friends,
Here are pictures web pic owl of our latest rescue and our first baby of the year.
Even though I’m so little and Mr. Martin Tyner who rescued and is caring for me did not have the opportunity to see my parents or my nest, he is quite certain that I am a great horned owl.
In as little as nine weeks I will be full grown and flying, but until then I will be eating lots and lots of mice. Mice are my favorite food and when I get bigger and I’m really hungry I can eat as many as 12 mice a day.web pic owl 2
Enjoy this short video of me having breakfast my second morning at the SWF. The little white spot on the tip of my beak is called an egg-tooth which I used to peck my way out of my egg when hatching.

The next video is only 2 days after the first video. I am about 4 or 5 days old now. I don’t know if you can tell how fast I grow but I feel like I double in size every day.

The first photo is me on the first day I came to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Of course I had been warmed and given several meals before I had my picture taken. At first I got fed every two hours, but now I can eat bigger meals so I can go three hours between meals. For some reason at 2:00 in the morning Mr. Tyner sure looks tired.   web pic owl 3
If you would like to help Martin Tyner and the Southwest Wildlife Foundation to care for me, donations can be made through their website or mailed to:
Southwest Wildlife Foundation
P.O. Box 1907
Cedar City, UT 84721
Have a Wonderful Week!


The Utah Brewers Co-Operative has chosen the SOUTHWEST WILDLIFE FOUNDATION as their Charity for their April Fundraiser!



Salt Lake City – (April 1, 2015) – For the sixth year in a row, during the entire month of April, Squatters and Wasatch Pubs will be offering “Guilt-Free Desserts” for guests who dine in any of their five locations.

“Guilt-Free Dessert” is an annual sales contest where all five pubs team up in a friendly rivalry to raise money for worthwhile causes. Every time during April that guests order a “Guilt-Free” dessert at a special price of $5, 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity. This year’s featured dessert will be a Clafouti, which is a cross between a custard and bread pudding, made with rhubarb and strawberries and topped with whipped cream.

In a new twist, this year each restaurant was given the opportunity to select the charity or non-profit they wished to support. Even the employees at The Beer Store on 1763 S 300 West are getting in on the action and will be soliciting donations when customers come in to purchase their favorite Squatters and Wasatch beers.

“To motivate our employees even more, Salt Lake Brewing Co. will match the donation from the restaurant that raises the most money for their charity”, said Chief Operating Officer Doug Hofeling. “The name of the winning store will also be immortalized on a traveling company trophy.”

“Last year’s promotion raised over $13,000,” says Hofeling, “and the restaurants are gearing up to raise even more money in 2015. With the help of Nicholas & Company, who has generously agreed to donate all of the ingredients to make the desserts, our goal is to raise $18,000 in 2015.”

The chosen recipients for 2015 and their sponsoring pubs are as follows:

  • Breathe Utah (org) Breathe Utah is dedicated to improving the air we breathe through education, collaboration and policy. (Sponsored by Squatters Pub Brewery)
  • Friends of Animals Utah ( Friends of Animals envisions a community where every pet has a permanent and loving home, every companion animal is spayed or neutered and all pets are treated with respect and compassion. (Sponsored by Wasatch Brew Pub Park City and Squatters Roadhouse Grill & Pub)
  • Camp Hobé ( Camp Hobé is a special camp designed for children with cancer and their siblings where kids grow in spirit, strength and understanding. (Sponsored by Squatters Salt Lake International Airport)
  • Best Friends Animal Society ( Best Friends works to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets, by demonstrating and promoting exemplary animal care and building community programs and partnerships. (Sponsored by Wasatch Brew Pub Sugar House)
  • Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah ( The Southwest Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to wildlife rescue, wildlife and environmental education. (Sponsored by the Utah Brewers’ Cooperative)

So if you or your friends get a chance to visit Salt Lake City;

Support the Southwest Wildlife Foundation being sponsored by:

The Utah Brewers Co-Operative

1763 South 300 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84115


About Wasatch & Squatters Pubs & Beers

In 1986, Greg Schirf opened Utah’s first craft brewery, Wasatch Beers and Brewpub, in the resort town of Park City. In 1989, Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole founded Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake’s original brewpub. The company currently operates five brewpubs and a wine and ale house. In 2000, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery merged their brewery operations for draft and bottle production. To date, Squatters and Wasatch have brought home 17 World Beer Cup Awards and 30 Great American Beer Festival Medals. In 2010, they received the prestigious U.S. Mid-size Brewery of the Year award from the Brewers Association.

Squatters and Wasatch bottled and draft beers are available in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For more information, please visit and


Thank you Findlay Subaru St. George and Subaru of America for your Share the Love Donation to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation!  An Amazing Check for $8,848.   will help with rehabilitation, education and the Cedar Canyon Nature Park!

Great article about Findlay Subaru of St George  Share the Love check presentation to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation last Friday March 27th!