Eagle Flight Chamber

World Class Raptor Rehabilitation Facility

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The Cedar Canyon Nature Park


In October 2000, Rocky Mountain Power donated 22 acres of majestic canyon property in Cedar City to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah.

Step by step, with the assistance of countless local businesses and volunteers, we have been working to develop the Cedar Canyon Nature Park into a permanent wildlife rescue facility and nature park.

Flight Chambers


The reason for the Eagle Flight Chamber here are the Cedar Canyon Nature Park is because we rescue many eagles, both golden eagles and bald eagles, every year.

Currently, our largest flight chamber is 10 feet wide, 12 feet tall and 40 feet long. That’s fine for housing them, they are able move around a little bit, and falconry techniques can be used to get them further exercised for release.

We really desperately need a chamber that is 50 feet wide, 100 feet long and about 30 feet tall to give the eagles enough room so that they could actually fly and circle within the chamber to build up their wing strength and exercise before they’re released back to the wild.

The Eagle Flight Chamber
World Class Raptor Rehabilitation Facility

Here’s the concept, in any place that grows, especially alfalfa, we have hay barns. Hay barns are basically nothing but a roof supported by some metal pillars. Hay is stored under the roof to keep it out of the weather. There are no sides to these hay barns. We have lots of them here in Utah, they’re quite common.

For the eagle flight chamber, we would start with the completely open framed structure with just a metal roof type that is clean and smooth with no sharp edges that animals could get hurt by.
We would also purchase four 40 foot cargo containers and two 20 foot cargo containers. These containers would line up to form two sides of the outer walls and function as various sized smaller chambers.
From there we would use thin walled tubing, metal tubing, and weld the thin walled tubing going up vertically, so we have bars. So the first half is a solid wall with the cargo containers, then barring all the way around the top half of the flight chamber so that there would be lots of ventilation and the birds could see out.
A long narrow building in the center of the outer structure would leave about 20 feet on each end leaving a clear path for recovering large birds to circle around. That would be a big enough facility for the birds to circle and build up their strength and endurance.
Inside the center building would be a little observation area where the birds couldn’t see the public but the public could see out and see the animals exercising inside the chamber.

It’s a big, big facility, but again it would be a world class facility that these animals could get their exercise. Not just eagles but large hawks and owls and falcons could exercise in a facility like this.

The great thing is that our park here in Southern Utah is very centrally located which would allow us to receive other eagles that have been rescued by other rehabilitators and place them into our flight chamber. We could certainly see eagles coming from all over the United States to get exercise in the flight chamber. Not only could we help eagles in the flight chamber, but the California Condor which has been relocated here to Southern Utah.

The goal of the flight chamber is to care for the animals and secondly, to function as an educational facility.

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah

The mission of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah is threefold.

1) Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

2) Wildlife & Environmental Education

3) Development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park

We believe the Eagle Flight Chamber is a vital as well as monumental next step to fulfilling our mission.

A Monumental Structure

As the first major structure for wildlife at the park, it must also accommodate the following needs:

1) Work area for rehabbers and other staff.
2) Food storage and food preparation areas.
3) Reception and…
viewing areas for VIP Visitors.
4) Quarters for visiting student interns, academics or researchers.
5) Quarters for 24/7 on site caretakers.

Please Help

The community is so excited about what we’re trying to do, however, it’s small town Utah. Raising the funds is very difficult. We have to be able to reach out well beyond Cedar City and Southern Utah out into the rest of the country to say please help us.

This is something that your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren will be able to come to this amazing park and wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to say that you had a small piece in the development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park?

We would love everyone to roll up their sleeves, give us a hand, and we’ll make this park a world class facility for everybody.




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A message from Martin & Susan

We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to our many donors who believe in us and support us financially, physically and emotionally. Many of you have been supportive of the work we do long before the Southwest Wildlife Foundation became a 501 C 3 non-profit on September 29, 1997.

In the past twenty years your support has helped us provide more than 2,000 wildlife and environmental educational outreach programs to schools, scout groups and community events reaching more than 800,000 people; care for over 1,600 sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, releasing more than 950 back to the wild, giving them a second chance at life and freedom.

Martin has been rescuing and caring for wild critters now for over 50 years. He began with his first owl rescue when he was 12 years old, so the numbers are actually much higher. We want to thank all of you for helping rescue us when things got rough, giving us the support we need to continue this important work of rehabilitating injured wildlife and returning them to the wild.

Education is the real key. Teaching the younger
generation to be more respectful of our wildlife and the environment that we share. There is so much to learn and understand about nature and how we can live together in harmony. With the help of our volunteers we are doing our best to share our message with the world.

Thanks, we appreciate all of you so much!

Martin & Susan Tyner,
Founders Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah

So much THANKS & 4 New Tires!

Birthday Thank You From Martin

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So much THANKS & 4 New Tires!

Endless thank yous!

Martin and Susan were happy and grateful to open up more boxes full of helpful items to care for the critters! Many boxes contained items from our Amazon Wishlist and many contained upgrades for our YouTube Videos!

We also received two big boxes from Rodent Pro full of large rats donated to SWF!

The Founders’ Birthdays Fundraiser in honor of Susan and Martin’s birthdays in December has already received over one thousand dollars in donations. Well over the amount needed for four new tires on the foundation Subaru Forester. This allowed Martin to replace the old ones just before the winter weather hit and make travel safer for he and the critters!

We are deeply amazed, awed and grateful for all the kind comments, all the interest in the critters and all the support for the critters from so many people all around the globe!

If you would like to help out, please visit our Get Involved page!

Thank you!

Hawk, Hawk, Vulture, Eagle

Four Critter Tales

  • Cooper’s Hawk Not Quite Released

    Martin introduced a Cooper’s Hawk that he planned to release. In chambers, the hawk seemed ready, however after released in a more open area, Martin noticed the hawk was still not flying quite right. He brought him back and after a couple more weeks, the hawk was released was again, fully recovered.

  • Arrival of Sharp-Shinned Hawk

    This hawk was brought to Martin one night after having been caught up in fishing line. Martin examined the hawk, noticed some problems. The hawk stayed for awhile for some TLC and was released back to the wild.

  • A quick peek at the Halloween Vulture

    Susan takes a quick peek in at the recovering Turkey Vulture from a good distance away. As the birds recover, they are left alone as much as possible so they stay calm and do not get agitated and reinjure themselves.

  • Martin and Scout on the job!

    This is a snippet from an educational program Martin and his birds provided to the Las Vegas Audubon chapter. With Scout on his arm, Martin shares information about eagles and his an experience in hunting with his one of his eagles.

Slow Down for Eagles

In this video, we try to stress the need to be alert for eagles on the road. We show three of instances of eagles that were hit by vehicles and Martin discusses this problem, why it happens and how to help prevent it.

For more information, please visit our Guides page to download materials for sharing and classroom use.

Belle the Harris Hawk Training Part Two

Belle the Harris Hawk
Belle the Harris Hawk is our newest Wildlife Ambassador. In addition to attending educational presentations with Martin, she is a falconry bird. Her full story can be viewed in this YouTube Playlist.

In this video, Martin begins her training with sometime on the glove walking around in the desert and becoming accustomed to him, the glove and her surroundings. She is also given time to adjust to a hood being placed on her head.

She is later taught to jump from perch to his glove and learning to recognize that the sound of the whistle means food.

More of her early training days will be shown in future videos.

Young and Skinny Great Horned Owl

Martin was called about this owl near the side of a road. It had been hit by a car and was unable to fly. Upon catching the owl, Martin noticed he was very thin.

Feeling nothing broken, Martin determined likely a concussion and soft tissue damage.

The owl stayed with us for about a month rehabbing and was released on October 16th.

The Halloween Vulture

This Turkey Vulture arrived in late September. After an initial examination, Martin expressed concerned for one of the vulture’s wings. The vulture is still recovering, and was moved to a larger chamber a couple weeks ago.

Piper the Prairie Falcon Training Part Two

Piper the Prairie FalconPiper is our Prairie Falcon Wildlife Ambassador. His training began back in July. The series of videos about piper can be viewed at this YouTube Playlist.

In this video, Martin works with Piper in his yard, teaching him first elementary steps of falconry training like his first jump from perch to glove. Martin explains each step as he shows the training process.