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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Winter Hummingbird

This hummingbird arrived from St. George, south of Cedar City. It is likely the bird hit a window and experienced a slight concussion.

The bird stayed for a little while to fully recover and was released down in a warmer region than snow covered Cedar City.

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation takes care of all native Utah Wildlife, even a tiny hummingbird!

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!

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Rescue of Great Horned Owl

Martin is called about an injured Great Horned Owl not too far from his house. Using two new cameras donated to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, he shared his trip out to find the owl.

Talking about the area and the wildife around him, Martin described his trip and explained the information he was given.

He succeeded in finding the owl, captures the bird in a net, then returns to the rehab facilities to examine the owl.

His initial diagnosis did not look good so he took the owl to the veterinarian to confirm.

Training Belle the Harris Hawk Part 3

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.

Part three takes place at the Parowan Gap. Martin gives a recap of previous training then begins the next step: working with the lure.

Taking it step by step, Martin shows Belle’s first attempts and explains the process thoroughly.

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

Hissing Vulture, Fighting Golden Eagle, Horrible Falcon

This video includes a few follow-up visits with animals introduced previously, as well a quick glance in on our Wildlife Ambassadors during mealtime.

First up, are a couple looks in with the Halloween Turkey Vulture. This vulture has a broken wing and is still recovering. Very wild, and getting stronger, the vulture hisses plenty at Susan and Martin when they enter the chamber to provide food. Visits with recovering animals are kept to a minimum to keep them calm.

The Golden Eagle that was hit by a car and had a concussion and neurological issues is moved back into the larger chamber. He gave some fight to Martin when approached. We are pleased to see the eagle’s fight and strength returning.

Also included in this video is a snippet of one of Martin’s many educational presentations with the Wildlife Ambassadors. With female Prairie Falcon, Cirrus, on his arm, Martin tells the story of another female prairie falcon he worked with who was not nearly as sweet as Cirrus.

Piper the Prairie Falcon Training Part 3

The training of Piper, our male Wildlife Ambassador Prairie Falcon, continues! In this video, Martin takes him to a new area and continues their work. Piper flies from glove to lure in many practice sessions working toward his first flight.

While working with him, Martin explains why he spends so much time and goes through so many repetitions of the exercises.

Despite a temporary break from training, after getting back on track, some of Piper’s first free flights are included!

To view all videos about Piper, please view Piper’s Playlist.

Eagle Hit By Car

Eagle Hit By Car | Concussion & Neurological Issues

Martin meets with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to pick up a Golden Eagle that was hit by car in Boulder, Utah area. After a quick exam, the eagle is brought back to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.

This video includes the first few days of the Golden Eagle’s stay with us. On the first day, the eagle can barely stand and needed to be fed.

The Golden Eagle is still in our chambers and still recovering.

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.