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!

We’ll be in St. George Friday March 27th

10428136_10152738023242895_1826181996440324634_nFor those of you in southern Utah please join us at Findlay Subaru St. George, 1405 South Sunland Dr, Suite 1, as they present the Southwest Wildlife Foundation with a “Share the Love check!” We hope our friends will come out and join us on Friday March 27th for this exciting event from 11 AM to 2 pm!

great great owl framedWe will have information about wildlife rehabilitation and educational programs. We will also have t-shirts, books and wildlife photography available for donations. We will be having a FREE drawing for a limited numbered signed lithograph “The Great Grey Owl” by artist Clayton Rippey!

Martin Tyner will be bringing his golden eagle “Scout” to visit with you while you are there. Come and ask questions and get pictures and enter our free drawing!
Findlay Subaru St. George will also be having their Food Truck Friday as well–featuring Sonny Boys BBQ, Riggatti’s, World’s Best Corn Dogs and more!

Bird of Prey Program Saturday March 14th

For those of you that haven’t had the opportunity to see one of Martin Tyner’s Bird of Prey programs yet, you are in luck.

Saturday, March 14 “Birds of Prey of the West” will be presented at the Silver Reef Museum, 1903 Wells Fargo Rd in Leeds Utah. Two programs will be provided; the first will begin at 10:30 am and the second will begin at 1:00 pm.

For Museum information call  (435) 879-2254


Bald Eagle Released 3/7/2015

The bald eagle was released on Saturday March 7th at an overlook near Brian Head, Utah, after Southwest Wildlife Foundation’s licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Martin Tyner spent two months and a great deal of effort dedicated to saving his live after he was found nearly dead from suspected lead poisoning.

DSC_0562A free drawing was held to select someone to release the eagle. The lucky winner was Geri Petkowski of Cedar City who is pictured releasing the eagle at 3:00 pm mountain time as he symbolically carried prayers from those gathered to witness the release as well as followers from around the world; sending prayers on the wings of an eagle as he soars to the heavens.

DSC_0563Someone in the group asked if the eagle would find his way back to Cedar City where he was found in January from his release point in the Brian Head area. Bald Eagles are migratory and we have a wintering population of approximately 50 bald eagles in the valleys surrounding Cedar City. We only have one pair of nesting bald eagles in the area and approximately 17 nesting pairs state wide. Our winter visitors are currently migrating to Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Canada so that is why it was so important to get this guy released as soon as he was healthy.
As I sit here writing this update Martin just received a phone call from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. They just picked up a golden eagle with a badly damaged wing. The eagle will be dropped off within the hour. The joy of releasing the bald eagle back to the wild may be short lived. If the injuries to the arriving golden eagle are too severe  it may have to be euthanized. Sometimes I wonder how Martin has the strength to continue to do this.

First Eagle of the Year

The year of 2015 came in on the wings of eagles.
Within the month of January the Southwest Wildlife Foundation received two injured eagles. Sadly the first bald eagle had been hit by a car and had devastating injuries – crushed pelvis and broken back. The kindest thing we could do was to end its suffering. That is one of the saddest tasks in wildlife rehabilitation.

bald eagle
bald eagle

Our second bald eagle arrived on January 7, emaciated, weak, lethargic, and looking like another sad ending. Cedar City resident, Don Alger, had reported seeing the eagle sitting in the same place just west of the college farm for two days in a row. Our wildlife rehabilitator and master falconer, Martin Tyner, evaluated him, and the eagle showed all the classic signs of lead poisoning, the most common heavy metal poisoning in raptors. (When people shoot jack rabbits with shotguns, the lead pellets can be eaten along with the carcass by raptors that feed on carrion to survive the winter.)

At the SWF rehabilitation site, Martin immediately started feeding the eagle a special liquid formula by tube several times a day. The eagle was in critical condition for two weeks, and Martin expected to find him dead each time he went out to care for him. This was a very difficult time for both the eagle and Martin. Finally the eagle was able to eat solid food (mice), and a few days later, he was able to turn around on a low perch. By three weeks he began jumping to higher perches, and after a month he made his first 20 foot flight across his chamber landing on the highest perch. At this point Martin was cautiously optimistic that we might have a happy ending to this story. In the next few weeks, it became obvious that he had saved his life, and the eagle is ready to release back to the wild!

Everyone is invited to watch him fly free this Saturday March 7th at 3:00 PM, at an overlook between Brian Head Town and Cedar Breaks. One lucky adult in attendance will be selected in a free drawing for the privilege of being the last human to hold the eagle as he is released back to the wild; a truly once- in-a-lifetime experience.
Plan on arriving early, so you don’t miss seeing this magnificent bald eagle return to the sky. There is very little parking where the release will take place, so George’s Ski Shop and Brian Head Town are arranging for shuttles pick up those who want to attend. Park your cars near the Brian Head Town Hall to catch a shuttle to the release point.

An eagle release is truly a gift to the world. The eagle does not care what your race, religion, or orientation is. It is a common belief among many native people from around the world that if you say your prayers with an eagle feather, the eagle feather will carry your prayers to God. An eagle has more than 7000 feathers.
Martin likes to share the following personal story:
“I had the opportunity one afternoon to sit down with a Paiute elder (the Paiute’s are the native people that live here in Southern Utah), and he told me the story of the eagle. He said that the eagle was once human; that the most noble and courageous of the native people were sometimes called by the Great Spirit to come and sit in council in heaven. One noble individual said to the Great Spirit, I cannot sit in council in heaven because I cannot fly, so the Great Spirit turned him into an eagle. The eagle received a calling, (a responsibility) to remain on earth by night collecting all of the prayers from the people of the nation and then by day to ride the currents of warm rising air up to heaven and deliver all of the prayers to the Great Spirit. Once the prayers have been delivered, the eagle then receives blessings from the Great Spirit and carries all of the blessings back down to earth and delivers them to the people of the nation.

The elder then said it is a common belief among the native people that when they see an eagle soaring overhead, they believe that the eagle is one of the great eagles, and the eagle is watching over them and their family personally; kind of like a guardian angel. I thought what a beautiful explanation as to why eagles are sacred. So when I have an eagle that is ready to be returned to the wild, I will frequently seek out individuals or organizations that can use some extra prayers and give them the opportunity to release the eagle.”
7,000 feathers for 7,000 prayers. If you are unable to attend, we encourage everyone who has a prayer; whether for yourself, a loved one, a group or a cause, to please join us in a moment of reflection and prayer at 3 PM mountain time so that our prayers may be symbolically carried on the wings of this eagle as he soars to the heavens.