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BIRDS OF PREY OF THE WEST FREE Program Feb. 29

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BIRDS OF PREY OF THE WEST
When: Monday February 29, 2016
Where: North Elementary School, 550 West 200 North, Cedar City
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Who: Adults, Teens, Older Children

This program includes a power point presentation with outstanding photos & video of birds of prey found throughout the western United States. These lively presentations teach about raptors and their habitat in a fun and informal manner, including stories of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. With live raptors at the program, participants have the opportunity to see and learn about the animals first hand. A question and answer period is included at the end of the show giving the audience the opportunity to actively participate.
Designed to teach wildlife values, respect and conservation, Mr. Tyner brings with with him a live golden eagle named Scout, a Harris Hawk named Thumper and a Prairie Falcon named Cirrus . This program runs an hour and a half to two hours and is a bit too long for babies and toddlers, but it is great for kids from 10 to 80 years of age.      Free to the public, seating is limited.

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BIO
Martin Tyner started caring for the sick, injured and orphaned wild critters in his home town of Simi Valley, California at age twelve. At age nineteen he was hired as curator of birds of prey at Busch Gardens, California. He worked in the movie and television industry training big cats, elephants, primates, sea mammals and raptors.
Martin is a federally licensed falconer, eagle falconer, wildlife rehabilitator, wildlife propagator, wildlife and environmental educator. He has been providing wildlife and environmental programs through the western United States, to schools, scouts and community groups for over forty years. He provides inter-generational Road Scholar programs through Dixie State University, has lectured at college and university convocations, taught summer classes at Southern Utah University, “The Ancient Art of Falconry and Shakespeare,” and performed in the Green Show with his raptors for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
He is the founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Inc. a 501 c 3, non-profit, wildlife rescue, wildlife and environmental education organization. With the help of his golden eagle, Bud they received a donation of 22.6 acres of beautiful canyon property from PacifiCorp for the development of a permanent wildlife rescue facility and a nature park in Cedar City, Utah.
In 2005 Martin and Bud were honored by the Utah State Legislature for over a quarter-century of wildlife rescue and wildlife and environmental education in Utah and in 2009 his first book, ”Healer of Angels” was published.

Swainson’s Hawks to be released Sunday August 30th at the “C” Overlook

IMG_20150727_072149755 Join us Sunday August 30th at 5 PM as we release four  Swainson’s Hawks at the “C” overlook above Cedar City Utah.

Directions to the “C” Overlook:
Take I-15 to Cedar City exit and proceed downtown on Main Street to Center Street. Go east on Center Street heading up Cedar
IMG_20150727_072250261_HDRCanyon, Highway 14. Travel approximately five miles and just before you get to Milts Stage Stop, turn right (south) toward Kolob Reservoir. Travel up the paved road, climbing in altitude. Cross the first cattle guard, and just before your reach the second cattle guard turn right. Less than a hundred feet you will arrive at the small parking area above the “C” overlook.IMG_20150727_072128574
 Pass this on to your friends so they can participate too.

 

 

Benefit for the SWF – Sunday September 6th

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be given to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation! So Please share this with your friends.

The Zion Matrix with DJ Sharu.
“A elevated LIVE CONCERT experience of Light, Sound and Soul”

Labor day Sunday, September 6th, from 7-10pm @ the stunning outdoor O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Zion National Park, Springdale UT.ZionMatrix_flyer_05262015a-01

Zion Matrix is growing beyond our expectations and turns into a incredible concert of community. Buddhist Monk Geshe-La Thupten Dorjee, a Tibetan Monk with highest degree of Geshe will give a blessing, Martin Tyner from Southwest Wildlife Foundation will present live birds and shares his relentless passion to help rescue birds of pray. Summer Davis our local Aerial Silk Dancer will amaze our eyes together with extraordinaire Fire Artist Zane Miller and of course everything is weaved together in the Cosmic Tapestry of our beloved DJ Sharu. Get your tickets before the Labor day crowd arrives! Tickets are available for advance pricing: $15 OR $20 at the door.Tickets are available at eventbrite as listed below, or you can purchase them locally at the new outfitter store ZionGuru in Springdale or online at www.SageHillsHealing.com
Doors open at 7pm Martin Tyner presents Live Birds at 7:30 to 8pm D.J. Sharu starts at 8:15pm Event ends at 10.30pm A portion of our Proceeds will be donated to Southwest Wildlife Foundation – Martin Tyner. Martin’s compassion and dedication to the preservation of the local wildlife, specifically our beautiful birds and raptors. He has rehabilitated thousands of these amazing beings and released them back into their natural habitat. We are honored and excited to be able to create awareness of SWF and raise money to support the Southwest Wildlife Preserve. Martin will be doing a demonstration with several Live Birds as a preview to our show with D.J. Sharu. Thank you Martin! DJ Sharu will lead and guide us into an exhilarated and elevated experience of the Sacred Sounds, known as Mantras, that have been “remixed” to create ecstatic dance and movement. Within the magnificent natural setting of the 3 Mary’s and the West Temple as the backdrop to the stunning OC Tanner Amphitheater’s, we will generate a profound healing to our Mother Earth and ourselves as her children. Come join and celebrate 2000 seat of potential graced on Earth. ~

Purchase Tickets NOW: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-zion-matrix-with-dj-sharu-t…

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Eagle Release August 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM

This is the second young eagle, just learning to fly at the end of June that became separated from his parents. Unable to feed himself, and with the oppressive summer heat he was on the verge of death. After intensive care, fluids and feedings by Martin Tyner, rehabilitator at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, this young eagle has regained its strength and is now ready to be returned to the sky. 11163236_1186312231394720_1818851392449050390_oThere is a common belief among many native people, that if you say your prayers with an eagle feather, the eagle feather will carry your prayers to God. An eagle has over seven thousand feathers. 11223830_1186312234728053_88847097485343681_o

We invite everyone to join us sending prayers on the wings of an eagle, at this release Saturday August 22nd at 5pm at the “C” Overlook above Cedar City, Utah.
Directions to the “C” Overlook:
Take I-15 to Cedar City exit and proceed downtown on Main Street to Center Street. Go east on Center Street heading up Cedar Canyon, Highway 14. Travel approximately five miles and just before you get to Milts Stage Stop, turn right (south) toward Kolob Reservoir. Travel up the paved road, climbing in altitude. Cross the first cattle guard, and just before your reach the second cattle guard turn right. Less than a hundred feet you will arrive at the small parking area above the “C” overlook.
Pass this on to your friends so they can participate too.
Thank-you Erin O’Boyle www.eobphoto.com for these beautiful pictures you took at our last release.
Please visit our website at www.gowildlife.org
For a copy of our book visit http://healerofangels.com/

CAMPFIRE CONCERT IN THE CANYON #3 Friday, August 28, 2015 7:30 p.m. BILA GAANA

11892268_586993011441363_8807270705982887232_nThe very popular CAMPFIRE CONCERT IN THE CANYON summer series is nearing for August and the organizers for the event are proud to announce that veteran local band BILA GAANA has agreed to be the performer for the month of August. Friday, August 28th is set for the third installment of the 2015 season at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Now in its seventh year, the Campfire Concert series is all about sharing our love for music and nature and wildlife, which seem to just all go together naturally. And it helps the Southwest Wildlife Foundation by creating awareness about the Cedar Canyon Nature Park (CCNP). The series will usually have a guest performer from the southern Utah area, but in the past has been able to harness one of the many talented musical acts which tour through our area on a regular basis.

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation is currently working on the future of the CCNP which will eventually house native wild animals that cannot be released due to injurious disabilities and will also include a Visitors and Nature Center to be built on the grounds of the park, located 1.5 miles east of Cedar City’s Main Street on Highway 14.

The CCNP program area is located at the south side of Coal Creek, directly south across the park’s green bridge. Parking is available at the bridge entrance site in addition to the city bridge at the west waterfall, where that footbridge will take you to the city walking path. From there, just follow the trail until you come to the fire pit, just a short distance to the east.

Marshmallows and roasting sticks are a courtesy provided by the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, so be sure to bring the kids! The concerts are always casual and attendees should consider bringing lawn chairs, blankets, lanterns and/or flashlights. The show is free, but donations will be accepted.

This month’s featured performer, from Cedar City; BILA GAANA.

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Bila Gaana just love to play as evidenced by the frequency you see them on the bill for any given charity. They feel that if their brand of jam band/acoustic rock can help out in any situation – they’re there! It’s also obvious that the band has played together for fifteen years plus – they are tight. The program at the campfire concert should prove to be a fun and interesting program. Make sure to check them out on Facebook!

Don’t be late; you’ll want to get in on this historic moment in the building of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park!

https://www.facebook.com/bila.gaana.5?fref=ts

For more information about the Cedar Canyon Nature Park and its facilities, the Campfire Concerts in the Canyon, and what’s in store for the future, call 435-586-4693 or 435-867-9800, email info@gowildlife.org. You can also visit the newly updated SWF website at gowildlife.org and Cedar Canyon Nature Park and SWF Facebook pages for updates and photos.

Prayers on the Wings of an Eagle for T1D

A young eagle just learning to fly the end of June became separated from his parents. Unable to feed himself, and with the oppressive summer heat he was on the verge of death. After intensive care, fluids and feedings by Martin Tyner, rehabilitator and founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, the young eagle regained its strength and took his place back in the sky.
Saturday Evening August 8th, with family and friends gathered at the top of a mountain overlooking Cedar City Utah, Josh Terry released this eagle in memory of his daughter Kycie Jai Terry and to help raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes which took her young life.
This little girl captured the hearts of many Southern Utahans’ and people around the world when her undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes led to a brain injury in January. Her subsequent 111-day stay at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City raised awareness about the dangers of undiagnosed juvenile diabetes as support for the Terry family grew through the Kisses for Kycie campaign. She died at home Saturday morning, July 11th in the arms of her father.

Terry Family with golden eagle just before release

There is a common belief among many native people, that if you say your prayers with an eagle feather, the eagle feather will carry your prayers to God. An eagle has over seven thousand feathers. When we have an eagle ready for release, we will frequently seek out individuals or organizations that could use some extra prayers and allow them to release the eagle.
The Southwest Wildlife Foundation has two more young eagles at their rescue center that will also be released in the next few weeks.

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Eagle Release Saturday August 8th – Prayers on the Wings of an Eagle for Type 1 Diabetes

We will be releasing a young rehabilitated golden eagle this Saturday, August 8th at 5:00 pm at the “C” overlook above Cedar City, UT. golden eagle release
The golden eagle ready for release is a young eagle that was just learning to fly. He became separated from his parents, unable to feed himself and with the oppressive summer heat he was on the verge of death.

After a lot of intensive care, fluids and feedings by Martin Tyner, rehabilitator at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, the young eagle has regained its strength and is now ready to take his place in the sky. There are two more young eagles at our rescue center that will also be released in the next few weeks.
There is a common belief among many native people, that if you say your prayers with an eagle feather, the eagle feather will carry your prayers to God. An eagle has over seven thousand feathers. When we have an eagle ready for release, we will frequently seek out individuals or organizations that could use some extra prayers and allow them to release the eagle.
We have invited Josh and Jamie Terry to release this eagle with their family and friends in memory of their daughter Kycie Jai Terry and to help raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes which took her young life.
This little girl captured the hearts of many Southern Utahans’ and people around the world when her undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes led to a brain injury in January. Her subsequent 111-day stay at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City raised awareness about the dangers of undiagnosed juvenile diabetes as support for the Terry family grew through the Kisses for Kycie campaign. She died at home Saturday morning, July 11th in the arms of her father.
Everyone that would like to participate in the eagle release sending prayers on the wings of an eagle is welcome to join us.
Directions to the “C” Overlook:
Take I-15 to Cedar City exit and proceed downtown on Main Street to Center Street. Go east on Center Street heading up Cedar Canyon, Highway 14. Travel approximately five miles and just before you get to Milts Stage Stop, turn right (south) toward Kolob Reservoir. Travel up the paved road, climbing in altitude. Cross the first cattle guard, and just before your reach the second cattle guard turn right. Less than a hundred feet you will arrive at the small parking area above the C overlook.
For more information visit the following links:
The American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/
Kisses for Kycie Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kissesforkycie?fref=ts
The Southwest Wildlife Foundation http://www.gowildlife.org/
Southwest Wildlife Foundation Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/85218228664/
Cedar Canyon Nature Park Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CedarCanyonNaturePark?fref=ts

Survival of the Fittest

In the wild not all survive. The strongest, fastest, smartest and most aggressive are usually the survivors.

These three Swainson’s Hawks came from Filmore Utah when their nest blew down. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was contacted to rescue them and they were brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation to be raised and released back to the wild.

more videos can be seen on our face book pages

https://www.facebook.com/groups/85218228664/

https://www.facebook.com/CedarCanyonNaturePark

 

 

2015 CAMPFIRE CONCERTS IN THE CANYON #2

11659475_10206169703213841_425835067298989336_nFriday, July 31st is set for the second of the very popular CAMPFIRE CONCERT IN THE CANYON series for the 2015 season at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.

The Campfire Concert series is now its seventh year and helps to bring attention to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation and create awareness about the Cedar Canyon Nature Park (CCNP). The concert series features local and touring musicians and is just one of the many events held at the fire pit program area at the Nature Park.

When plans are fully in place, the CCNP will house native wild animals that cannot be released due to injurious disabilities and will include a Visitors and Nature Center to be built on the grounds of the park, located 1.5 miles east of Cedar City’s Main Street on Highway 14.

The CCNP program area is located at the south side of Coal Creek, directly south across the park’s green bridge. Parking is available at the bridge entrance site in addition to the city bridge at the west waterfall, where that footbridge will take you to the city walking path. From there, just follow the trail until you come to the fire pit, just a short distance to the east.

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The concerts are casual and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, lanterns and/or flashlights. Marshmallows and roasting sticks are a courtesy provided by the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. The show is free, but donations will be accepted.

This month’s featured performer is St. George duo BEANS & WHEELS.

Recently transplanted from the Seattle area, Greg Wheeler (Wheels) brings his songwriting prowess to join Audrey Sizemore (Beans), a St. George native, back home after 15 years of putting up with the Pacific Northwest weather .

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Greg and Audrey love being a part of the thriving southern Utah music scene and enjoy the community of good people that live here. Their recent performances include Groovefest 2013, shared gigs with Full Tilt Boogie, the George Streetfest in June 2015, plus an exciting pre-show performance with Grammy-winning artist Asleep at the Wheel in November 2014 in the St. George Cox Auditorium.

Greg and Audrey write original tunes that bring comparisons to Americana and indie rock and like to bring a little country and classic rock into the mix with their favorite covers. Their first studio album is close to completion.

Besides the Campfire Concert, you can catch Beans & Wheels performing at venues all over the area – visit their website at beansandwheels.com to look for upcoming events.

 

 

 

2015 a glimpse of wildlife rescue at the SWF

Dear Friends of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation,
I apologize for not providing updates in the last month. Susan and I have been incredibly busy. Both the wildlife rescue and the wildlife education have kept us running like mad. Let’s see if I can bring you up to speed.


The two baby great horned owls have been successfully raised and released back to the wild about three weeks ago and they are both doing wonderful. All of the baby kestrel falcons have been released, as well as a pot load of sparrows, robins, doves and so on.
In the last couple of weeks, I have received three young orphaned golden eagles. All three of them came from different locations, but the reason they were orphaned were all the same. In late June we had a spell of extremely hot weather right at the time the young eagles were learning to fly. All three young eagles became separated from their parents, ended up on the ground, and were dying from the oppressive heat, all three on the very edge of death. Intensive care, fluids, and food; their lives have been saved and in August they will be ready to be returned to the wild.
Yesterday we released a Swainson hawk into the wild and received two orphaned pigmy owls. That’s how it goes; you release one and your get two. The flow of sick, injured and orphaned critters this year had been constant.
Back to the eagles: there is a common belief among many native people, that if you say your prayers with an eagle feather, the eagle feather will carry your prayers to God. An eagle has over seven thousand feathers. When we have an eagle ready for release, we will frequently seek out individuals or organizations that could use some extra prayers and allow them to release the eagle.
Here is where all of you come in; I could use a little help. I can contact the local newspaper and television stations and tell them I have an eagle ready to be returned to the wild, and the media people will say, “What is this the 15th eagle this year? Martin, that’s not news.” But if somebody rich or famous, or a high profile organization would like to come and release an eagle, then we are able to get the media coverage we need to continue to seek donations for our wildlife rescue center.
So if anyone has contacts, connections, friends that could help put us in touch with individuals or organizations that would like to release an eagle, please let me know as quickly as possible.
Thank you everyone for your kind and generous donations to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, and a big thanks to all of our employees at Tyner’s Grooming and other volunteers who have given so much of their time to help us care for all of the small birds.
Sincerely,
Martin Tyner