The Bald Eagle That Would Not Quit

Our first short film of wildlife recovery

In January of 2015, a very, very, sick bald eagle arrived at the rescue center. Initially, wildlife rehabilitator, Martin Tyner, did not think the bird would survive. Over nearly two months, the bald eagle continued to fight and, against all odds, grew stronger and healthier.

This film features footage of examinations and feedings as the bald eagle recovers. During sessions with the bald eagle, Martin shares extensive information about wildlife rehabilitation and notes positive signs of recovery.

This film is closed captioned.

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That particular bald eagle was found by a rancher about four or five miles west of Cedar City, Utah.

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The eagle was on the ground, the rancher was a little concerned because the eagle looked like it was tame, it would just sit there.

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The eagle sat there for a couple of days, then the rancher decided to give me a call.

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That the eagle just wasn’t moving and wondering if the eagle might be sick

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When I first saw the eagle it was sitting under a group of cotton wood trees

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Well you’re standing, that’s a good sign

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No apparent injury, it was quite a ways from power lines and quite aways from roads.

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So not really understanding what could be causing the eagle to just be sitting there

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I carefully approached the eagle and the eagle refused to move

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Hi, how are you? You’re sure a pretty thing.

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And I scooped the eagle up and gave it a quick check over and it was incredibly skinny.

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Which is a bad sign it hasn’t been eating for a very long time

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Probably hadn’t had a meal in two, almost three weeks.

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So obviously it went from a mild concern to a really critical condition

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We determined that lead poisoning was the issue, because we couldn’t find any physical injuries

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the eagle had severe neurological issues

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You treat the symptoms, you want to make sure the eagle gets lots of food, lots of fluids

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subcutaneous IVs are in order, fluids, feeding tubes, medications

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As far as being able to identify the issues, that really comes with experience.

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You know I’ve been caring for these animals for the past 48 years

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and I’ve got a pretty good handle on a variety of illnesses, diseases, injuries that occur

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I really hate when they’re too sick to bite.

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All of the animals that come to our rescue center, at least almost all of them, are in absolutely critical condition

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and it’s a really bad thing when the animal just sits very quietly in the transport kennel and won’t move and won’t fight back

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and those kinds of things, so I have to reach in a grab him

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if he just lays there or sits there and acts tame

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we know that eagle is in really poor shape

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and so immediately we bring him out of the kennel

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as quickly as possible get food and fluids into him

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give him a thorough health examination

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and then start to plan the treatment that the eagle will receive

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in hopes of saving its life

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and so that’s kind of the point

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any time that you see an animal, an wild animal that appears to be tame

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it is deathly ill.

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They do not want to socialize with us, they don’t want to be a part of us

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They just want to be back in the wild and left alone.

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This particular eagle was in absolute critical condition

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It had lost more than half its body weight

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It probably was not going to survive

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No matter what we did to help this poor animal

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and I’m a little bit sensitive to not wanting to videotape

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what I call dead eagles

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and so my wife Susan says let’s go video tape this

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and I say, no, no, it

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it probably wasn’t going to worth the time to videotape it

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this eagle has a very, very slim chance of survival

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and so with extreme intensive care

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for 11 days

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where the eagle couldn’t stand, couldn’t move

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and like I said feeding tubes and everything we could do

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just to try to keep the poor little thing alive

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after 11 days Susan approached me again

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and says what about taking some videos

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and very very reluctantly, I said okay.

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and so from the video of me acquiring the eagle

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and getting it out of its airport kennel

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to the very first video you see of me feeding the eagle

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there was an 11 day period in there where I truly didn’t believe the eagle would survive.

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hey little guy

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we’re going to start off with some fluids

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By the 11th day, the bird was standing which was a good sign

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and it was the very first time that it was able to stand on a very very low perch

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it was exciting that he was able to step up onto a perch

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my little guy, how are we doing this morning? You want to bite, that’s a good thing

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Please understand, I have had animals make it even further than that in the recovery

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and still not survive.

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So there was a little glimmer of hope

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we couldn’t allow ourselves to hope too much

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because the disappointment if we lost that eagle

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would have been severe

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that’s my boy, okay, there’s your fluids and your medicine

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Do you want to try to do this standing on your own or should I hold you?

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Let’s see if we can do this with you standing on your own, sweetheart.

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Initially there was three or four feedings a day

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and in the process of the feeding I would

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check the bird’s weight and not use a scale

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but I would take my fingers and feel its keel bone, its breast bone

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and as the eagle regains strength

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and weight, that breast bone, the muscle around the breast bone,

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starts to cover more and more of the bone so the bone doesn’t stick out as far.

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Each feeding, three or four feedings a day, each feeding

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would last about ten to fifteen minutes

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and again, this is not an animal that I want to socialize with

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this is not an animal that’s a pet

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this is an animal we want it to be wild

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and so the less human contact, the better.

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It would take about twenty minutes to a half hour

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to prepare the food and fluids and medications for it

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the food that we would start off using

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because it would have a difficult time digesting

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we wouldn’t use whole animal carcasses

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what we would use is either jack rabbit meat, cotton tail meat

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pigeon breast, quail breast,

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again, natural foods, and as the eagle continued to get stronger and stronger

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then we could start giving what we call casting material

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and that would consist of whole mice

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for the eagle so that it would not only get a more complete diet

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it would then be able to regurgitate the pellets to help clean out its digestive system

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and then once the eagle is able to feed itself

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then it would get whole carcasses of rabbits,

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quail, pigeons, rats, mice, and the eagle would be allowed to free feed, or feed itself.

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Our bald eagle, this morning, actually turned around on its perch.

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That might not sound like a big achievement to most of you.

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But in his weakened condition,

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him being able to turn around on a perch…

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remember, all of you who were in gymnastics, and you

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and you practiced on the balance beam

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and how difficult it was to turn on the balance beam?

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Well these guys live on a balance beam their whole life.

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and for him to have the strength and coordination to turn himself around on a perch

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in his condition was a huge achievement

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and so we’re very very excited about that

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this guy right here was incredibly ill

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all indications were lead poisoning

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he’s got some neurological issues

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he may have some vision issues

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and we have saved his life

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we are able to feed him, he’s able to perch

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and whether or not he will be able to become

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physically fit enough to be able to return to the wild

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we won’t know that for months

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but that’s the goal, to get this guy back to the wild

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Now here’s the sad part, by federal law

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if we can not return this eagle back to the wild

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the eagle can be placed in an educational program

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or the eagle must be euthanized.

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and that, that just tears me apart

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I’ve been caring for these guys for 47 years

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and it just terrifies me thought

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of working with this eagle for six months

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and he not be able to be releasable

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and that I will have to euthanize him

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and I promise all of you that will be an extremely bad day for me.

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That is why it’s so very very important that we get the Cedar Canyon Nature Park up and running

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The Cedar Canyon Nature Park will be a place

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where non-releasable wildlife can be placed in natural habitats

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and be used for wildlife education

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well the first thing I want to do this morning is I want to check and see how much weight he’s gained

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and instead of using the scale, I will feel his keel bone, his breast bone

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and, again, don’t do this

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this can be very dangerous

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they do bite

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yes you do, huh sweetie

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oh that’s a good boy, that’s my baby, shhhh

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now see I’m distracting him here to let me get my hands up under here and feel his breast bone

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there’s my baby, oh such a good boy

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oh you’re doing better

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he’s got more weight on his breast bone right here

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which means that he is putting on weight

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so that’s very very good

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now that beak right there

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is designed to rip large chunks of flesh

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so he could certainly rip a big chunk of flesh out of my hand

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but I am keeping him very calm here and he’s doing okay

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the next thing you have to worry about is his feet

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these feet right here

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600 pounds per square inch of crushing power in those feet

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that’s what he kills with

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and he could drive those talons

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through my hand and crush the bones of my hand

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so when your dealing with wild animals

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don’t approach them. If you think they’re sick

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please call police dispatch, do NOT call 911

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911 is for human emergencies

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Call police dispatch, they will dispatch

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a wildlife rehabilitator like myself or

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a conservation officer who is skilled in handling these animals

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and let them deal with it

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because if you try to handle an animal like this

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you may have to call 911 because it may very well turn into a human emergency

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try to get you to a hospital with an eagle hanging off your arm

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So please do not pick up or approach sick or injured wildlife.

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Well it’s time for his breakfast

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and we’re very pleased with how he’s eating.

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I’ve got a bag full of mice here

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these are domestically raised mice here

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that we order by the thousand to feed these guys

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please understand these are like two bucks a piece

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so feeding these guys is extremely expensive

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and I use a pair of forceps to keep my fingers a little bit further away

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so he eats the mouse instead of my hand

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there you go, that’s my boy

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yes, now you know it’s breakfast time, huh?

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It’s very important to feed them whole animals

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not just meat

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basically they need the fur, they need the feather, they need the bones

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they need everything in order to help with their digestive system

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and so this guy will put down a pretty good sized meal this morning

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and that’s really really good. Like I said he’s gaining weight

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he’s got sufficient balance, he was able to turn around on his perch

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but he’s still very much a long ways from out the woods

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he’s got a lot of healing to do still

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before he can be returned to the wild

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k, you ’bout got a full crop there kiddo?

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you had enough?

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okay, that’s a pretty good meal, that’s almost a whole bag

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okay, one more time, let me check you out here

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yes, I know

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okay, that’s a pretty good sized meal that you’ve got in crop right now

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So you’re doing all right

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we’ll give you a dinner feeding a little later

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you ready for some breakfast big guy?

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are ya? you ready for breakfast?

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We’ve had steady progress with the eagle

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He’s now jumping up on a perch that is about two and half feet off the ground

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able to turn around, able to perch well

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his balance is coming back, he’s still very very weak

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we are feeding him whole animals

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but he still can’t, doesn’t have the physical strength to stand on a carcass and tear it apart

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to be able to feed himself so we’re still hand feeding him

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how you doing sweetheart?

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yeah, that’s my boy, you’ve got a lot more meat on you

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you were so skinny when we gotcha

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you’re feeling so much better

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you start with three or four feeding a day and as the eagle starts to gain strength

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and abilities to swallow and to feed itself

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then it goes down to a single feeding a day

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where you put a large portion of food in and allow the eagle to feed itself

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Susan: what is a casting? Tell us what a casting is.

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a casting is what is undigested

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you can see right here

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what we’re feeding him is whole mice

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and he’ll eat the whole thing

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and then whatever he doesn’t digest, the fur and bones and that kind of stuff

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he’ll regurgitate into a pellet that comes out

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people are more familiar with owl pellets

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but all birds of prey cast pellets

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here’s a pellet, right here

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and this is basically fur and bone and whatever else is not digestible

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and they regurgitate that about 24 hours after they’ve eaten

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and I gave him an evening meal last night

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and so he might not have brought it back up yet

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so he doesn’t want to eat and put food on top of his casting so he can cast a little easier

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and when I bring my hand in here what I’m doing is I’m feeling

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for his keel bone and basically I don’t want to pick him up and put him on a scale everyday

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and so I can check and see if he’s gaining weight by feeling the keel bone right here

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and he’s really put on a tremendous amount of weight since I first got him in

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So that’s what I’m doing there is just checking his weight.

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Once you start to eat then you go

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You just have to get him to start

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but as I’ve told everybody before

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he’s not out the woods yet

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he’s still very weak

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yes I know, we’ll feed you a little later after you’ve had your casting

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after your casting has come up, we’ll give you some breakfast

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you’re all right, that’s my boy

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the basic rule is that these are wild animals, these are not pets

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and the less human interaction, the better.

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and so we try to minimize all human contact as much as possible.

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Where you’re dealing with wildlife

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once they start feeling better and healthier, they do not want to be in captivity

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and that’s kind of a point where things get a little bit dangerous

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because you walk in there and you need to continue the physical examination of the bird

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but they don’t want to touched

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as you saw in the earlier videos the eagle just sat there, I could touch his head and touch his chest

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and make sure that he’s putting on weight

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once they get to the point where you walk in the chamber

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and they fly across the chamber, they do not want to be touched

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they do not want you to grab them, to hold them

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then it becomes a point where

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you take a pole net

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you still have to do the examinations

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you take a pole net and you walk into the chamber and you net the bird

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grab the bird’s feet, watch out for the beak

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because he will certainly at this point and time bite you viciously

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the bird has regained its wild sense of independence

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and it doesn’t like the idea of having to socialize with a human

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and so it’s a really, really good sign when that eagle flies back and forth across the chamber

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and I have to go net the eagle

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to give it its physical examinations

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and make sure the eagle is getting close to ready for release

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Here’s whats going to happen now, I’ve got to go in and I’ve got to catch him

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This is a completely wild eagle

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We’ve had him for a couple months, we want to get him back in the wild

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and I’ll be really honest with you, we don’t want him to like me

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we want him to be afraid of humans

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when he leaves he’ll fly far away and stay away from humans for the rest of his life

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that’s a good thing

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Now the net allows me to get him as quickly and efficiently as possible

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So I’m going to step in, I’m going to grab him with the net

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and grab a hold of him them we’ll walk him over to the car

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There’s my boy

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Shh, shh, shh, shhh

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There’s my boy

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gotcha

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sorta got ya

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oh we love that

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like I said, he’s not tame, he’s fighting like mad

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that’s really good, we like that

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He’s ready to go back to the wild where he belongs

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Let’s get a hold of his feet here

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there we go, there’s my boy

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for those of you who have seen the previous videos of this eagle

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you can recognize that he is 100% feisty

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and fighting and he wants to go back to the wild so bad right now

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so that is wonderful, he is ready

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if he wasn’t fighting with me, I’d be worried

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since he wants to fight, that’s terrific, we are going to get this guy released

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that’s the goal to get them back in the wild as quickly as we can

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and efficiently as we can if I can him to let go the net here

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little bit of a hassle but we’re almost there

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One more talon to let loose

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There we are, there’s my boy

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Oh I know, you can bite me, that’s all right

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There’s a common belief among many native peoples

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that if you say your prayers to an eagle feather the eagle will carry your prayers to god

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so when I have an eagle that’s ready to return back to the wild

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we will frequently seek out individuals or organization that could use some extra prayers

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and give them the opportunity to release the eagle

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herein lies the problem

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by the time I can say okay the eagle is healthy enough

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it’s ready to be returned back to the wild

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the eagle is fighting with me

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the eagle does not want to be in captivity

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the eagle could injure himself in captivity

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and so when I call an individual or organization and say

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we need to an eagle release

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the vast majority of times

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they say well okay can we do it next month?

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Can we do it in three or four weeks?

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and the answer is no

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the moment that eagle is ready to be returned to the wild

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he has to be returned to the wild

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okay, now this is a hood

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and this is his stress protection

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these guys their eyesight is so good, a lot of movement

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especially transporting him in the car

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will frighten them, they can injure themselves

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and so we can put the over his head

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and block his vision so he’ll sit much quieter in the car, he’ll be a lot calmer

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this is his stress protection, this is the first time a hood has gone on his head

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so he’s never worn one before

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there we go

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this particular eagle release we basically just said

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anybody that wants to go up to Brian Head

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which is the ski resort northeast of Cedar City

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and stand at the top of the mountain

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and release the eagle, we’re going to release the eagle back to the wild

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and we offered everybody, adults, not children

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any adult that was there, if they would like to be the person to actually release the eagle

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we would put their name in a fishbowl

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and draw a name and that’s the person that releases the eagle

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the reason that we make any wildlife release public

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especially eagle releases

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is the educate the public

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when I first moved the Southern Utah as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator

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we were receiving about a dozen shot eagles every year

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and it wasn’t that the people of Southern Utah hated eagles, they just saw no value in them

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and so they would drive out through the agricultural areas and say there’s a big bird, let’s shoot it

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38 years of school programs

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38 years of Scout programs

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38 years of community events

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38 years of wildlife releases for the public’s education

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we receive a shot bird of prey about one every other year maybe even less

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and so it’s the education, you know,

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that eagle release will save more eagles than I will save in a year

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because the general public gets to see how beautiful they are

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how majestic they are up close and personal

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and see their value and once the eagle is in the sky

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I guarantee every one that attended that eagle release

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when they go back out to eagle habitat

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will be very careful not to injure eagles

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the purpose for the release first is to return the animal back to the wild

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that’s the primary focus

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the second is education

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the third is always to help bring awareness to our volunteer wildlife rescue organization

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and so people get the opportunity to see and understand the work that we do

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and like I said, taking the animals out and just turning them loose without the public

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is certainly easier for us, especially me

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but we could release injured wildlife all day long

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but if nobody knows we released them

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and that we cared for them

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then we’d have a very hard time raising money for our wildlife rescue center

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the US Fish and Wildlife service will not allow us to band rehabilitation animals

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now we can band, we can get a banding permit and we can band

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baby eagles in the nest or we can band eagles on their migration

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trap them and take measurements for scientific study

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but they do not allow us to band wildlife rehabilitation animals

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North of town here we have a

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a roosting site where we have

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as many as fifty bald eagles come in and roost in the evenings

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Are any of those the eagles that I rescued?

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maybe, but I have no way of knowing

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I would like to say that this particular eagle stands out

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because of its success and its willingness to fight for its life

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and we were able to return it to the wild

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but that’s a story that has occurred in my life hundreds of times

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we need a lot of help

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probably the first and foremost that we need

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is people who have the skills and abilities to raise the funds necessary to build the Cedar Canyon Nature Park

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to build our wildlife rescue center

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to build the visitor center, natural history museum,

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to build the eagle flight cages

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and to build the exhibits where non-releasable wildlife can be on display for the public to see and for educational programs

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then I certainly need skilled individuals who are educators

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to do wildlife programs, I need

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skilled individuals who are highly qualified in veterinary services

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I need builders, I need contractors

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I need custodians

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I need people willing to roll up their sleeves and help to run the Cedar Canyon Nature Park

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and keep is running and beautiful

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I need people with botany experiences

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for the native plants

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There’s a million things that I need

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and so, you know, I always say

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and this is so very true

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that everyone not only has skills that we could use

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but everyone knows someone that could help the Cedar Canyon Nature Park

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Everyone wants to play with the animals

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and I certainly understand that

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but these are wild animals

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and because we’re working with wild animals

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there’s a two year training program you have to go through before you can even volunteer

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So if you really would like to help us

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there’s a lot of other avenues that we could really really use

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and in the process if you’re local in the Cedar City Utah area

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and would like to eventually be able to work with the animals

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I need you to volunteer in other areas

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to help develop the Cedar Canyon Nature Park and our wildlife rescue center

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and the people that help us do that

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will certainly be first in line

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to be able to work with the sick, injured, orphaned wildlife

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as the nature park develops.

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Susan Tyner: Visit our web site, gowildlife.org

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We’ve got beautiful wildlife t-shirts

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Martin is an amazing photographer and has beautiful photographs of all kinds of wildlife

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including this eagle

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if you would like to make a donation and

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receive some of his beautiful photography

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we also have a wonderful book out called Healer of Angels

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it’s stories of Martin growing up in his youth

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and overcoming a lot of difficulties as a child

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the wisdom of his grandparents, it talks about how

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he got into falconry

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and the first bird he ever got

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all kinds of wonderful stories

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it’s very inspirational

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it will have you laughing and some of it will have you crying

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it’s a great read, so any of those things

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if you’re interested in, it helps us to raise money to build the nature park

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and take care of our wildlife rescue, thank you very much

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Martin: and if anybody would like to make a $25 donation to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation

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I will send you a beautiful head shot portrait of this bald eagle.

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♪ acoustic guitar music ♪

Rescued Bald Eagle Released, Dedicated to the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund

From Martin Tyner, Founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation:
On Friday, January 27th, the eagle release was dedicated to the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund. An organization that helps underprivileged children receive hearing aids and other services, so that they may hear the sounds of music, their mother’s voice and their friend’s laughter.

Justin Osmond, Founder and CEO of Olive Osmond Hearing Fund and his father Merrill Osmond, lead singer and producer of the Osmond Family were chosen to release the eagle. At 3:30 Friday afternoon we invited everyone that would like to attend to meet us at Rush Lake Ranch, about 10 miles north of Cedar City along the Minersville Highway, to witness this beautiful eagles return to the sky.

The release site is about 8 miles from our rescue center. An old abandoned pioneer farm with a grove of large cottonwood trees. This is a favorite roosting site for the bald eagles that come down from Canada to spend the winters with us in Southern Utah.

There were over a hundred spectators that had come to watch the eagle release. As I got out of the car I pointed to the trees about two hundred yards away where there are three adult bald eagles, which had already arrived for their evening of rest in the large cottonwood trees. More eagles would be arriving soon. The largest group of eagles I’ve seen in that grove of trees at one time was 48 bald eagles in one sitting. This is the perfect place to release my newest eagle.

We gave Justin Osmond a moment to tell everyone about the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund and the amazing service they provide to under-privileged children with hearing loss. We walked a few steps over to the black rock wall that surrounds the property. I removed the hood from the eagles head and instructed Merrill Osmond to push the eagle away from him as the eagle is released, then she will soar back into the sky.

When I said to Mr. Osmond, “release the eagle”, she immediately took to the sky, flew hundreds of yards to the southwest and then turned to the north and landed at the top of the giant cottonwood trees with her fellow eagles.

We now wait for the next phone call, to rescue a sick, injured or orphaned wild critter. But in the meantime I will continue to provide wildlife programs to the schools, scouts, eagle courts of honors and community events with my best friend, a golden eagle named Scout, a 28 year old Harris Hawk named Thumper and a prairie falcon named Cirrus.

If anyone would like more information about our wildlife rescue or wildlife educational programs please contact us at: info@gowildlife.org

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!

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

JOIN US AT DAIRY QUEEN  IN CEDAR CITY UTAH, MAY 23RD MONDAY EVENING BETWEEN 6 PM AND9 PM200px-Dairy_Queen_logo.svgENJOY YOUR  FAVORITE FOOD AND TREATS AND DQ WILL    DONATE 20% TO THE SOUTHWEST WILDLIFE FOUNDATIONPrint

Dairy Queen Brazier, 777 S. MAIN ST.

AND

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

SEE YOU THERE!

 

BIRDS OF PREY OF THE WEST FREE Program Feb. 29

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BIRDS OF PREY OF THE WEST
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.

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BIO
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
 Pass this on to your friends so they can participate too.

 

 

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 www.SageHillsHealing.com
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 www.eobphoto.com for these beautiful pictures you took at our last release.
Please visit our website at www.gowildlife.org
For a copy of our book visit http://healerofangels.com/

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.

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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!

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