Release of Great Horned Owl

This great horned owl was brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Inc. by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in November. It had been hit by a car west of Cedar City receiving a severe concussion which caused it to lose its vision and balance. Within a week of its arrival into our rehabilitation it was able stand and feed itself. Its vision was also returning but it still suffered from neurological and balance issues.

After two weeks in our care it was able to fly back and forth to the perches in its rehabilitation chamber. It was well on the road to a full recovery and after a month in rehabilitation it was released late in the afternoon on December 28 by Douglas Chang the president of the Las Vegas Chapter Audubon Society. Several spectators met up at the Rush Lake Ranch along the Minersville Highway, just north of Cedar City Utah for this release, but since the trees there were full of wintering bald eagles, we drove out to the Parowan Gap where the owl was released back to the wild.

Grebes Rescues in Winter Storm

Susan has been very busy grooming dogs for the holiday and Martin has been busy all day with phone calls about little birds that cannot fly. People are finding these little football shaped birds with red eyes all over Southern Utah, from Richfield to Cedar City. Most of them are Eared Grebes and some Western Grebes which are all migrating through the state heading south. They cannot take off into flight from land and can’t even walk well on land, so they are easy to pick up.

But watch out, they bite with their little pointy beaks, at least its not serious.

They can only take off from water. Lakes and rivers reflect the moon at night and that is where they land to rest on their migration. Guess what looks just like lakes and rivers at night to these little birds? Streets and parking lots that are wet with rain or snow with street lights shinning on them. So during storms when the pavement is wet, it looks like water to these birds and they land thinking it is a safe water landing where they can rest and eat.

Unfortunately they have some rough landings and can get scraped up hitting the pavement, but usually survive the initial landing, they just can’t take off again and can get run over by cars or snow plows. Some lands in yards and other places so people are finding them here and there.

What do you do if you come across one?

Usually, call your State Fish and Wildlife Service or a local wildlife rescue organization such as the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in Southern Utah, but in cases where hundreds of these birds are landing all over the state. They might need a little extra help from good Samaritans. They need to be taken to open water that is not frozen over and released on the water. They can relax, feed and take off when ready to resume their migration. They can be picked up and transported in a box to the nearest lake or reservoir that is not frozen over and then released.

With another big storm beginning tonight and going for the next couple of days, we have a feeling there will be more in need of rescue. Several years ago about 4000 landed in southern Utah during a big storm. Many of them died after landing on the freeway, Main Street and parking lots. Drivers don’t always see them so many perished getting run over.

Many of them were gathered up by good Samaritans and taken to Utah Wildlife Resources and the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Volunteers were taking boxes full of them down to Quail Creek Reservoir, which wasn’t frozen over, where they were released for several days.

Lets hope we don’t have a repeat, that only a few came down in the wrong place, but we want to educate you all just in case.

Martin’s Deer Rescue included on Right This Minute TV show

Martin’s recent rescue of a mule deer was shared by the TV show and web site, “Right this Minute“.

After asking permissions to share the video Susan captured, the team at Right This Minute edited then shared the tale at TV stations across the nation and on their web site!

Many thanks to Right This Minute for helping promote wildlife rehabilitation and Martin’s work at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Extra thanks to host, Gayle Bass, for her awesome narration as well as Nikki C for her writing on the their version and Dia S and Daz who found our video and recommended it!

A Surprise Rescue and Release of a Mule Deer

The plan was to go out to dinner for Martin’s Birthday after Susan got home from work and Martin from Hawking.

Once home, they let Cody outside to play frisbee. After Susan threw in it several times, Martin took over while Susan cleaned up dog messes. After spending ten minutes in the front yard, Susan neared the far corner near the pine tree and large rehab chamber and heard something moving. She turned around and saw a mule deer running away from her toward Martin and the gate.

Where the heck did it come from?

It must have been laying very quietly by the tree and they didn’t even notice it in the yard. Cody didn’t notice it either until it ran past them. Martin examined the young deer checking for injuries. It was cut up a bit around the face. It could not have gotten into their fenced front yard by itself so they figured it may have been hit by a car and was stunned or in shock. Thankfully, no serious injuries and someone decided to bring it to the foundation. Since no one was home, put it in the front yard.

Martin put it into the large connecting chamber and decided since it was not seriously injured the best thing would be to release it to the winter range where it could find plenty of food and join another herd. I- 15 and the main street in Cedar City are major problems for the deer trying to migrate from summer mountain range to winter feed, and many get hit every fall, winter and spring. If kept in captivity and as it felt better it would injure itself worse so we drove it out to winter range and released it.

DQ Fundraiser Monday, May 23 from 6 PM to 9 PM


Dairy Queen Brazier, 777 S. MAIN ST.


DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant, 1102 W. 200 N.





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.


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
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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
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. ~

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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 for these beautiful pictures you took at our last release.
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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.


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!

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 You can also visit the newly updated SWF website at and Cedar Canyon Nature Park and SWF Facebook pages for updates and photos.