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Golden Eagle Perched in the front yard

Some excerpts from Scout’s photoshoot when the webgeek was in town. Martin graciously brought Scout out in front in good light and provided photography tips to allow for many photos to share with everyone. Scout graciously did not eat the webgeek.

Hanging Out With Helen

Helen is our newest Wildlife Ambassador, introduced back in March. She is a Peregrine Falcon that cannot see very well, and will always rely on Martin to be her seeing eye human. With us for awhile now, she has already done many educational presentations with Martin in her role as a Wildlife Ambassador.

This video includes more information about Helen and how she is getting along in her new home and in her new role!

Three Very Young Bunnies

Three very young bunnies were brought into the Southwest Wildlife Foundation on April 9th. They were only six days old. They had been dug up by a construction crew in St. George. Special thanks to Amanda Bundy for taking the time to save them and drive them up to Cedar City.

Of the three babies, we lost one the first night when they became overheated. Proper temperature is really difficult – just a few degrees too high or too low can cost a baby its life. The smallest of the litter did not survive either as we were unable to get the small one to eat enough.

The last one, the sole survivor, open its eyes and seemed to learn to eat well from the Miracle Nipple. One of our assistant wildlife rehabilitators, KayAnne, took over to give Susan a break. As shown in this video, things looked to be going really great, however, this one too, did not survive. Raising bunnies from a such a young age is very difficult.

So much thanks for so much help!

We are deeply grateful to all those who have helped the critters in so many ways! Every single contribution adds up to make a huge difference! Thank you to everyone who supports our efforts, follows us online, has signed up to our mailing list, has purchased a copy of Healer of Angels, has brought in an critter, has brought or bought food for critters, has left nice feedback, has “liked” our videos or posts, has selected SWF as their charity at Amazon Smile…it all matters and all makes a difference! THANK YOU ALL!!!

Unbox & Bedtime for Wildlife Ambassadors

Envelopes, Boxes, Dog Toys & Eagles!

So Much Help for the Critters! Share the Love & Unboxing

Mini Unboxing, MEGA Thanks!

A Few Days at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation

From May 1st to May 3rd, we uploaded many “live stories” to Instagram of activities around the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. We’ve since compiled the archives of these stories into one video for everywhere else, and added a few photos as well. Footage includes a little time with most of our Wildlife Ambassadors, the arrival of a new patient to our rehab facility as well as some fun time with Cody the Frisbee Ambassador and Martin enjoying a little time off.

Golden Eagle Rescued from Roadside

Wearing the GoPro donated to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah, Martin went off in search of a Golden Eagle reported injured near old highway 91. After a short drive following directions from the person who saw the eagle, Martin headed out on foot with his net.

Along the side of the highway, near a juniper tree, Martin saw the Golden Eagle. After a brief chase, he netted the eagle and headed back the car to take her back to the rescue center.

After an exam which revealed no broken bones, Martin took the eagle to a chamber and gave her a good meal. She is still doing well, hopefully soon to be released back the wild where she belongs!

Live Q&A with Scout the Golden Eagle

In honor of Scout’s thirteenth anniversary, we streamed a live Q & A with he and Martin. They answered questions sent in previously as well as as many questions as they could that were asked during the livestream. Questions were about Scout, Scout & Martin, other eagles and falconry.

1:00 – Intro & About Scout and Martin
3:07 – Scout in the house
3:50 – What is the largest prey Scout can catch?
4:40 – Is falconry in decline?
6:00 – What does Scout eat?
6:40 – What is it about Golden Eagles that makes them not the best hunters?
7:40 – Why is Scout’s mouth open?
8:10 – Do they have rabies?
8:40 – How old is Scout? How long will he live in captivity vs the wild?
9:00 – What is the wingspan? How much do they eat per day? How fast can they fly?
9:50 – How many eggs do they lay?
10:21 – How many chicks make it to adulthood?
12:01 – What is the difference between Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles?
13:56 – Are Golden Eagles an endangered species?
14:30 – Do you go hunting with Scout?
15:00 – Do you see many eagles’ nest? Do they keep the same one a long time?
16:20 – Have you ever had a Bald Eagle as an ambassador? Is that allowed for someone like you?
18:00 – Why is he named Scout?
21:20 – Are eagles affectionate with their mates?
22:50 – Reintroduction and info about Scout for late arrivers
29:00 – Can you explain how three Bald Eagle nests and one Bald Eagle nest have been discovered to raise a Red Tail Hawk baby?
31:00 – Are male or female eagles more aggressive?
32:10 – Is a Harris Hawk the best beginning bird for falconry?
34:30 – How long did it take for Scout to warm up to you?
36:10 – How much damage can an eagle’s beak do? Does it only cut or does it crush as well?
39:40 – What if you walk by an eagle’s nest without knowing?
42:10 – Has Scout tried to preen you?
44:30 – During cold weather does Scout come inside?
45:35 – Will he ever mate, does he go through hormone shifts? 47:30 – Has Scout ever got into a tussle with another wild animal?
48:50 – Does anybody else handle Scout? 49:50 – What is his sense of smell?
51:00 – What is the courting process for eagles?
53:00 – Will eagles really not mate again if their mate dies?
54:00 – What type of birds are Osprey compared to eagles and hawks?
55:20 – Do fledged eagles ever come back to the nest and are they tolerated by their parents?
56:20 – How often do you get to spend quality time with Scout?
57:20 – Does the male Golden Eagle help incubate the eggs like bald eagles do?

Golden Eagle Release, Winners & Thanks!

This Golden Eagle was hit by a car and had some neurological issues. After a couple months stay, the eagle recovered and was released by a big supporter of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Dave Gourley, of Findlay Subaru of St. George.

This video also announces the winners of our Gorillapod Contest and shows the arrival of boxes and boxes of donations!

Free Flying!

Falconry | Prairie Falcon Training Pt. 5 | Free Flying!

From August 26th and September 1st of last year, Martin’s continued work with Piper the Prairie Falcon. Piper is doing well, flying more and growing up as wild falcon. In this video, we see some of his first hunting flights and a first catch.