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!
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.
Thank You! THANK YOU!
Our deepest thanks to soooo many people who have sent us items from our Amazon Wishlist for the care and benefit of the critters!
If you would like to learn about more ways to help us help the critters, please visit our Get Involved page.
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.
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.
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 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.
A very thin Golden Eagle arrived to our rehab facility
This Golden Eagle arrived at early evening. After a thorough check over, Martin found no phyical problems so moved him to a chamber and prepared a meal for him.
The eagle struggled to swallow the meal and was very weak in Martin arms. There was not much improvement during the second feeding at 3am.
Come morning, the eagle showed clear signs of recovery, moving around the chamber. Martin cut up a rabbit carcass for him and left him to feed himself.
This eagle recovered fully and was released by a teacher during one of Martin’s school wildlife education programs at the Parowan Gap.
A very sick young Golden Eagle was brought to Martin
This eagle arrived at night, as weak as could be. With doubts for recovery, Martin immediately began care. As the eagle struggled to even swallow, she received around the clock small feedings.
After about 24 hours with Martin’s care, the eagle showed some signs of perking up. After a day of just sitting still, when Martin arrived to feed her, she moved away from him.
On day three, she finally began to eat on her own, taking food from a rabbit’s carcass which is a fairly common meal for eagles.
She had a long road to recovery, being left mostly alone to regain her strength and gain weight.
About a month later, on release day, she weighed near a whopping 13 pounds and was very ready to return to the wild.
This eagle was released from C-Overlook in Cedar City by Martin. Because she was so big, he wanted to handle her himself.