Follow Martin through the morning feeding process when the Southwest Wildlife Foundation had six Golden Eagles on site.
Please see more videos at our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/gowildlifeorg
Follow Martin through the morning feeding process when the Southwest Wildlife Foundation had six Golden Eagles on site.
Please see more videos at our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/gowildlifeorg
The heat of the summer brought a lot of guests to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. For a good portion of July, counting our Golden Eagle Wildlife Ambassador Scout, we housed six golden eagles.
We’re glad to report five recovered and were released and Scout continues to educate.
1) Slot Canyon BLM 6/23 – 7/21
2) Bottom of mine pit 7/1 – 7/29
3) Utah Division of Wildlife Services – Red Cliffs campground/recreation area. Reported and picked up by UDWR on 7/1 and brought it to us 7/2 released 7/27
4) Utah Division of Wildlife Services – Hurricane area 7/09 – 8/6
5) Utah Division of Wildlife Services – Fillmore area 7/18 – 8/6
6) Scout Wildlife Ambassador
The release of this Golden Eagle will take place on Friday, July 21st at 11am at Brian Head Peak.
Even more thanks to Jim and Caitlin for their promotions of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation Inc and raising funds of over $600!
Caitlin recounts the experience:
Since it was late at night when I dropped the eagle off at Southwest Wildlife Foundation Inc I was too tired to tell the entire rescue story and I’d like to make sure to give credit where credit is due because there is NO WAY I would have been able to rescue the eagle on my own!
Friday afternoon Jim Clery had just gotten back to our shop, Utah Canyon Outdoors from a guided hike and showed me the photo of the eagle they had discovered in the canyon and told me it looked like it had been there for a few days. Worried about how much longer this animal could survive, I immediately called up to the Interagency office and told them the situation and asked if they could notify the wildlife ranger and if there was anyone that could respond, they said they’d find out and call back.
Just a few minutes later, BLM Ranger Michael Thompson calls and says he can help and asks if I can show him where the eagle was stuck. Absolutely, I’ll be ready in five. Done, and off we go.
We hiked in as fast as we could in the afternoon heat and entered the slot canyon from the bottom, not sure how far up the eagle might be trapped. Within a few bends of narrow, twisting canyon and a small up climb, I poked my head around the corner and SURPRISE! There he was. He seemed massive. Even in his poor condition he was as big as a turkey. We later learned he was born this year, only a baby.
I backed out of there and let Mike take over from here, he had previously handled an eagle or two while working as a ranger in Alaska and felt slightly more comfortable around talons the size of your pinky fingers… He threw the blanket over the eagle to settle it down and then swaddled it to protect himself from the talons.
Hiking out was a challenge as we tried to keep the blanket loose enough to not overheat the eagle too much while not getting ourselves in trouble with those talons – or that beak!
Once back at the truck we were able to get the eagle into the ‘suspect cage’ without harm to anyone and he was quite content to sit in there during the long drive back and look out the window with the A/C on. The one time he opened his wings a bit was when a raven flew by and caught his eye. It was pretty incredible to see this amazing animal so up close. I was praying inside with every fiber of my being that we would make it to Southwest Wildlife Foundation Inc in time.
On the way back I had gotten a hold of Jim and told him the story and he gave the heads up to Martin Tyner of SWF in Cedar City that we’d be bringing him an eagle that night in bad shape. Jim also called our friends Nate & Kristina Waggoner in search of a kennel to transport the eagle to Cedar City and they jumped to help, bringing over a large kennel just as we arrived with the eagle.
It was a quick transition and soon I was on the road heading towards Cedar City, with little traffic I arrived at Martin’s house around 10:45pm. As soon as I arrived Martin burst into action and had the eagle out of the cage and into his arms with the grace and ease of scooping up a baby. I could immediately sense his deep knowledge and love of these animals and it instantly calmed my nerves and worrying about this eagle. He was in the best hands and if anyone could save him, it was this man.
I’ve attached a link to a video of the feeding & fluids Martin immediately gave to the eagle as soon as we got in the door. Afterwards he showed me the runs where we put the eagle in for the night and he let me peek in at a beautiful Great Horned Owl that was released yesterday at a solstice celebration in Parowan Gap. He also introduced me to Scout, his education Golden Eagle and hunting partner.
I sat with Martin and his wonderful wife Susan in their living room and they told me about their foundation, the work they do rehabilitating wildlife and their vision for Cedar Canyon Nature Center. I was humbled and inspired by their passion for their work and the wildlife they heal, their quiet kindness and absolute dedication to DOING GOOD in this world.
This experience has impacted me greatly and I’m humbled at being a part of saving a life like this. I encourage you all to go to http://www.gowildlife.org and support their great work with a donation. The foundation is funded entirely on public support and donations, thank you for helping the rehabilitation and release of wildlife in Southern Utah!
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.
That particular bald eagle was found by a rancher about four or five miles west of Cedar City, Utah.
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.
The eagle sat there for a couple of days, then the rancher decided to give me a call.
That the eagle just wasn’t moving and wondering if the eagle might be sick
When I first saw the eagle it was sitting under a group of cotton wood trees
Well you’re standing, that’s a good sign
No apparent injury, it was quite a ways from power lines and quite aways from roads.
So not really understanding what could be causing the eagle to just be sitting there
I carefully approached the eagle and the eagle refused to move
Hi, how are you? You’re sure a pretty thing.
And I scooped the eagle up and gave it a quick check over and it was incredibly skinny.
Which is a bad sign it hasn’t been eating for a very long time
Probably hadn’t had a meal in two, almost three weeks.
So obviously it went from a mild concern to a really critical condition
We determined that lead poisoning was the issue, because we couldn’t find any physical injuries
the eagle had severe neurological issues
You treat the symptoms, you want to make sure the eagle gets lots of food, lots of fluids
subcutaneous IVs are in order, fluids, feeding tubes, medications
As far as being able to identify the issues, that really comes with experience.
You know I’ve been caring for these animals for the past 48 years
and I’ve got a pretty good handle on a variety of illnesses, diseases, injuries that occur
I really hate when they’re too sick to bite.
All of the animals that come to our rescue center, at least almost all of them, are in absolutely critical condition
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
and those kinds of things, so I have to reach in a grab him
if he just lays there or sits there and acts tame
we know that eagle is in really poor shape
and so immediately we bring him out of the kennel
as quickly as possible get food and fluids into him
give him a thorough health examination
and then start to plan the treatment that the eagle will receive
in hopes of saving its life
and so that’s kind of the point
any time that you see an animal, an wild animal that appears to be tame
it is deathly ill.
They do not want to socialize with us, they don’t want to be a part of us
They just want to be back in the wild and left alone.
This particular eagle was in absolute critical condition
It had lost more than half its body weight
It probably was not going to survive
No matter what we did to help this poor animal
and I’m a little bit sensitive to not wanting to videotape
what I call dead eagles
and so my wife Susan says let’s go video tape this
and I say, no, no, it
it probably wasn’t going to worth the time to videotape it
this eagle has a very, very slim chance of survival
and so with extreme intensive care
for 11 days
where the eagle couldn’t stand, couldn’t move
and like I said feeding tubes and everything we could do
just to try to keep the poor little thing alive
after 11 days Susan approached me again
and says what about taking some videos
and very very reluctantly, I said okay.
and so from the video of me acquiring the eagle
and getting it out of its airport kennel
to the very first video you see of me feeding the eagle
there was an 11 day period in there where I truly didn’t believe the eagle would survive.
hey little guy
we’re going to start off with some fluids
By the 11th day, the bird was standing which was a good sign
and it was the very first time that it was able to stand on a very very low perch
it was exciting that he was able to step up onto a perch
my little guy, how are we doing this morning? You want to bite, that’s a good thing
Please understand, I have had animals make it even further than that in the recovery
and still not survive.
So there was a little glimmer of hope
we couldn’t allow ourselves to hope too much
because the disappointment if we lost that eagle
would have been severe
that’s my boy, okay, there’s your fluids and your medicine
Do you want to try to do this standing on your own or should I hold you?
Let’s see if we can do this with you standing on your own, sweetheart.
Initially there was three or four feedings a day
and in the process of the feeding I would
check the bird’s weight and not use a scale
but I would take my fingers and feel its keel bone, its breast bone
and as the eagle regains strength
and weight, that breast bone, the muscle around the breast bone,
starts to cover more and more of the bone so the bone doesn’t stick out as far.
Each feeding, three or four feedings a day, each feeding
would last about ten to fifteen minutes
and again, this is not an animal that I want to socialize with
this is not an animal that’s a pet
this is an animal we want it to be wild
and so the less human contact, the better.
It would take about twenty minutes to a half hour
to prepare the food and fluids and medications for it
the food that we would start off using
because it would have a difficult time digesting
we wouldn’t use whole animal carcasses
what we would use is either jack rabbit meat, cotton tail meat
pigeon breast, quail breast,
again, natural foods, and as the eagle continued to get stronger and stronger
then we could start giving what we call casting material
and that would consist of whole mice
for the eagle so that it would not only get a more complete diet
it would then be able to regurgitate the pellets to help clean out its digestive system
and then once the eagle is able to feed itself
then it would get whole carcasses of rabbits,
quail, pigeons, rats, mice, and the eagle would be allowed to free feed, or feed itself.
Our bald eagle, this morning, actually turned around on its perch.
That might not sound like a big achievement to most of you.
But in his weakened condition,
him being able to turn around on a perch…
remember, all of you who were in gymnastics, and you
and you practiced on the balance beam
and how difficult it was to turn on the balance beam?
Well these guys live on a balance beam their whole life.
and for him to have the strength and coordination to turn himself around on a perch
in his condition was a huge achievement
and so we’re very very excited about that
this guy right here was incredibly ill
all indications were lead poisoning
he’s got some neurological issues
he may have some vision issues
and we have saved his life
we are able to feed him, he’s able to perch
and whether or not he will be able to become
physically fit enough to be able to return to the wild
we won’t know that for months
but that’s the goal, to get this guy back to the wild
Now here’s the sad part, by federal law
if we can not return this eagle back to the wild
the eagle can be placed in an educational program
or the eagle must be euthanized.
and that, that just tears me apart
I’ve been caring for these guys for 47 years
and it just terrifies me thought
of working with this eagle for six months
and he not be able to be releasable
and that I will have to euthanize him
and I promise all of you that will be an extremely bad day for me.
That is why it’s so very very important that we get the Cedar Canyon Nature Park up and running
The Cedar Canyon Nature Park will be a place
where non-releasable wildlife can be placed in natural habitats
and be used for wildlife education
well the first thing I want to do this morning is I want to check and see how much weight he’s gained
and instead of using the scale, I will feel his keel bone, his breast bone
and, again, don’t do this
this can be very dangerous
they do bite
yes you do, huh sweetie
oh that’s a good boy, that’s my baby, shhhh
now see I’m distracting him here to let me get my hands up under here and feel his breast bone
there’s my baby, oh such a good boy
oh you’re doing better
he’s got more weight on his breast bone right here
which means that he is putting on weight
so that’s very very good
now that beak right there
is designed to rip large chunks of flesh
so he could certainly rip a big chunk of flesh out of my hand
but I am keeping him very calm here and he’s doing okay
the next thing you have to worry about is his feet
these feet right here
600 pounds per square inch of crushing power in those feet
that’s what he kills with
and he could drive those talons
through my hand and crush the bones of my hand
so when your dealing with wild animals
don’t approach them. If you think they’re sick
please call police dispatch, do NOT call 911
911 is for human emergencies
Call police dispatch, they will dispatch
a wildlife rehabilitator like myself or
a conservation officer who is skilled in handling these animals
and let them deal with it
because if you try to handle an animal like this
you may have to call 911 because it may very well turn into a human emergency
try to get you to a hospital with an eagle hanging off your arm
So please do not pick up or approach sick or injured wildlife.
Well it’s time for his breakfast
and we’re very pleased with how he’s eating.
I’ve got a bag full of mice here
these are domestically raised mice here
that we order by the thousand to feed these guys
please understand these are like two bucks a piece
so feeding these guys is extremely expensive
and I use a pair of forceps to keep my fingers a little bit further away
so he eats the mouse instead of my hand
there you go, that’s my boy
yes, now you know it’s breakfast time, huh?
It’s very important to feed them whole animals
not just meat
basically they need the fur, they need the feather, they need the bones
they need everything in order to help with their digestive system
and so this guy will put down a pretty good sized meal this morning
and that’s really really good. Like I said he’s gaining weight
he’s got sufficient balance, he was able to turn around on his perch
but he’s still very much a long ways from out the woods
he’s got a lot of healing to do still
before he can be returned to the wild
k, you ’bout got a full crop there kiddo?
you had enough?
okay, that’s a pretty good meal, that’s almost a whole bag
okay, one more time, let me check you out here
yes, I know
okay, that’s a pretty good sized meal that you’ve got in crop right now
So you’re doing all right
we’ll give you a dinner feeding a little later
you ready for some breakfast big guy?
are ya? you ready for breakfast?
We’ve had steady progress with the eagle
He’s now jumping up on a perch that is about two and half feet off the ground
able to turn around, able to perch well
his balance is coming back, he’s still very very weak
we are feeding him whole animals
but he still can’t, doesn’t have the physical strength to stand on a carcass and tear it apart
to be able to feed himself so we’re still hand feeding him
how you doing sweetheart?
yeah, that’s my boy, you’ve got a lot more meat on you
you were so skinny when we gotcha
you’re feeling so much better
you start with three or four feeding a day and as the eagle starts to gain strength
and abilities to swallow and to feed itself
then it goes down to a single feeding a day
where you put a large portion of food in and allow the eagle to feed itself
Susan: what is a casting? Tell us what a casting is.
a casting is what is undigested
you can see right here
what we’re feeding him is whole mice
and he’ll eat the whole thing
and then whatever he doesn’t digest, the fur and bones and that kind of stuff
he’ll regurgitate into a pellet that comes out
people are more familiar with owl pellets
but all birds of prey cast pellets
here’s a pellet, right here
and this is basically fur and bone and whatever else is not digestible
and they regurgitate that about 24 hours after they’ve eaten
and I gave him an evening meal last night
and so he might not have brought it back up yet
so he doesn’t want to eat and put food on top of his casting so he can cast a little easier
and when I bring my hand in here what I’m doing is I’m feeling
for his keel bone and basically I don’t want to pick him up and put him on a scale everyday
and so I can check and see if he’s gaining weight by feeling the keel bone right here
and he’s really put on a tremendous amount of weight since I first got him in
So that’s what I’m doing there is just checking his weight.
Once you start to eat then you go
You just have to get him to start
but as I’ve told everybody before
he’s not out the woods yet
he’s still very weak
yes I know, we’ll feed you a little later after you’ve had your casting
after your casting has come up, we’ll give you some breakfast
you’re all right, that’s my boy
the basic rule is that these are wild animals, these are not pets
and the less human interaction, the better.
and so we try to minimize all human contact as much as possible.
Where you’re dealing with wildlife
once they start feeling better and healthier, they do not want to be in captivity
and that’s kind of a point where things get a little bit dangerous
because you walk in there and you need to continue the physical examination of the bird
but they don’t want to touched
as you saw in the earlier videos the eagle just sat there, I could touch his head and touch his chest
and make sure that he’s putting on weight
once they get to the point where you walk in the chamber
and they fly across the chamber, they do not want to be touched
they do not want you to grab them, to hold them
then it becomes a point where
you take a pole net
you still have to do the examinations
you take a pole net and you walk into the chamber and you net the bird
grab the bird’s feet, watch out for the beak
because he will certainly at this point and time bite you viciously
the bird has regained its wild sense of independence
and it doesn’t like the idea of having to socialize with a human
and so it’s a really, really good sign when that eagle flies back and forth across the chamber
and I have to go net the eagle
to give it its physical examinations
and make sure the eagle is getting close to ready for release
Here’s whats going to happen now, I’ve got to go in and I’ve got to catch him
This is a completely wild eagle
We’ve had him for a couple months, we want to get him back in the wild
and I’ll be really honest with you, we don’t want him to like me
we want him to be afraid of humans
when he leaves he’ll fly far away and stay away from humans for the rest of his life
that’s a good thing
Now the net allows me to get him as quickly and efficiently as possible
So I’m going to step in, I’m going to grab him with the net
and grab a hold of him them we’ll walk him over to the car
There’s my boy
Shh, shh, shh, shhh
There’s my boy
sorta got ya
oh we love that
like I said, he’s not tame, he’s fighting like mad
that’s really good, we like that
He’s ready to go back to the wild where he belongs
Let’s get a hold of his feet here
there we go, there’s my boy
for those of you who have seen the previous videos of this eagle
you can recognize that he is 100% feisty
and fighting and he wants to go back to the wild so bad right now
so that is wonderful, he is ready
if he wasn’t fighting with me, I’d be worried
since he wants to fight, that’s terrific, we are going to get this guy released
that’s the goal to get them back in the wild as quickly as we can
and efficiently as we can if I can him to let go the net here
little bit of a hassle but we’re almost there
One more talon to let loose
There we are, there’s my boy
Oh I know, you can bite me, that’s all right
There’s a common belief among many native peoples
that if you say your prayers to an eagle feather the eagle will carry your prayers to god
so when I have an eagle that’s ready to return back to the wild
we will frequently seek out individuals or organization that could use some extra prayers
and give them the opportunity to release the eagle
herein lies the problem
by the time I can say okay the eagle is healthy enough
it’s ready to be returned back to the wild
the eagle is fighting with me
the eagle does not want to be in captivity
the eagle could injure himself in captivity
and so when I call an individual or organization and say
we need to an eagle release
the vast majority of times
they say well okay can we do it next month?
Can we do it in three or four weeks?
and the answer is no
the moment that eagle is ready to be returned to the wild
he has to be returned to the wild
okay, now this is a hood
and this is his stress protection
these guys their eyesight is so good, a lot of movement
especially transporting him in the car
will frighten them, they can injure themselves
and so we can put the over his head
and block his vision so he’ll sit much quieter in the car, he’ll be a lot calmer
this is his stress protection, this is the first time a hood has gone on his head
so he’s never worn one before
there we go
this particular eagle release we basically just said
anybody that wants to go up to Brian Head
which is the ski resort northeast of Cedar City
and stand at the top of the mountain
and release the eagle, we’re going to release the eagle back to the wild
and we offered everybody, adults, not children
any adult that was there, if they would like to be the person to actually release the eagle
we would put their name in a fishbowl
and draw a name and that’s the person that releases the eagle
the reason that we make any wildlife release public
especially eagle releases
is the educate the public
when I first moved the Southern Utah as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator
we were receiving about a dozen shot eagles every year
and it wasn’t that the people of Southern Utah hated eagles, they just saw no value in them
and so they would drive out through the agricultural areas and say there’s a big bird, let’s shoot it
38 years of school programs
38 years of Scout programs
38 years of community events
38 years of wildlife releases for the public’s education
we receive a shot bird of prey about one every other year maybe even less
and so it’s the education, you know,
that eagle release will save more eagles than I will save in a year
because the general public gets to see how beautiful they are
how majestic they are up close and personal
and see their value and once the eagle is in the sky
I guarantee every one that attended that eagle release
when they go back out to eagle habitat
will be very careful not to injure eagles
the purpose for the release first is to return the animal back to the wild
that’s the primary focus
the second is education
the third is always to help bring awareness to our volunteer wildlife rescue organization
and so people get the opportunity to see and understand the work that we do
and like I said, taking the animals out and just turning them loose without the public
is certainly easier for us, especially me
but we could release injured wildlife all day long
but if nobody knows we released them
and that we cared for them
then we’d have a very hard time raising money for our wildlife rescue center
the US Fish and Wildlife service will not allow us to band rehabilitation animals
now we can band, we can get a banding permit and we can band
baby eagles in the nest or we can band eagles on their migration
trap them and take measurements for scientific study
but they do not allow us to band wildlife rehabilitation animals
North of town here we have a
a roosting site where we have
as many as fifty bald eagles come in and roost in the evenings
Are any of those the eagles that I rescued?
maybe, but I have no way of knowing
I would like to say that this particular eagle stands out
because of its success and its willingness to fight for its life
and we were able to return it to the wild
but that’s a story that has occurred in my life hundreds of times
we need a lot of help
probably the first and foremost that we need
is people who have the skills and abilities to raise the funds necessary to build the Cedar Canyon Nature Park
to build our wildlife rescue center
to build the visitor center, natural history museum,
to build the eagle flight cages
and to build the exhibits where non-releasable wildlife can be on display for the public to see and for educational programs
then I certainly need skilled individuals who are educators
to do wildlife programs, I need
skilled individuals who are highly qualified in veterinary services
I need builders, I need contractors
I need custodians
I need people willing to roll up their sleeves and help to run the Cedar Canyon Nature Park
and keep is running and beautiful
I need people with botany experiences
for the native plants
There’s a million things that I need
and so, you know, I always say
and this is so very true
that everyone not only has skills that we could use
but everyone knows someone that could help the Cedar Canyon Nature Park
Everyone wants to play with the animals
and I certainly understand that
but these are wild animals
and because we’re working with wild animals
there’s a two year training program you have to go through before you can even volunteer
So if you really would like to help us
there’s a lot of other avenues that we could really really use
and in the process if you’re local in the Cedar City Utah area
and would like to eventually be able to work with the animals
I need you to volunteer in other areas
to help develop the Cedar Canyon Nature Park and our wildlife rescue center
and the people that help us do that
will certainly be first in line
to be able to work with the sick, injured, orphaned wildlife
as the nature park develops.
Susan Tyner: Visit our web site, gowildlife.org
We’ve got beautiful wildlife t-shirts
Martin is an amazing photographer and has beautiful photographs of all kinds of wildlife
including this eagle
if you would like to make a donation and
receive some of his beautiful photography
we also have a wonderful book out called Healer of Angels
it’s stories of Martin growing up in his youth
and overcoming a lot of difficulties as a child
the wisdom of his grandparents, it talks about how
he got into falconry
and the first bird he ever got
all kinds of wonderful stories
it’s very inspirational
it will have you laughing and some of it will have you crying
it’s a great read, so any of those things
if you’re interested in, it helps us to raise money to build the nature park
and take care of our wildlife rescue, thank you very much
Martin: and if anybody would like to make a $25 donation to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation
I will send you a beautiful head shot portrait of this bald eagle.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our deepest thanks to the TV show and web site RightThisMinute for sharing our story of an Eagle’s amazing recovery! Extra thanks to host, Gayle Bass and writer, Josh B, for highlighting the problem of lead poisoning in Eagles.
We’re truly grateful for their wonderful edit and promotion of this tale as education is a crucial element to the work Martin does.
It’s Save the Eagles Day and we’re thrilled to share the story of a saved bald eagle! A large, but immature bald eagle came into our rescue center last week. Its legs were paralyzed and it was suffering from severe tremors. All signs of poisoning.
Lead poisoning is fairly common in this area as people go out to target shoot at Jack Rabbits and they leave the carcasses behind. The eagles, vultures and large hawks find the carcasses and consume them. The lead pellets in the carcasses start to slowly poison the birds. As in most cases by the time the symptoms become severe and they can no long fly or stand, if found, that’s when they come to us.
After a week of fluids, medications and food we have flushed the toxins from the eagle’s body. She is now regaining her strength and scrappy disposition. She now stand, walk and fly the full length of our 40 foot rehab chamber. If she continues to improve, she will be ready for release within the next couple of weeks.
Earlier video of this eagle:
This young bald eagle was brought in to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The eagle was very weak and experiencing neurological issues, limiting the use of its legs. Martin suspects lead poisoning and began treatment with fluids and high protein. In the two days since arrival, the eagle is showing signs of improvement but has a long way to go in recovery.
If you have any questions about this eagle or would like to help us caring for the critters, please leave a comment or write us at email@example.com
A young eagle just learning to fly the end of June 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 and founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, the young eagle regained its strength and took his place back in the sky.
Saturday Evening August 8th, with family and friends gathered at the top of a mountain overlooking Cedar City Utah, Josh Terry released this eagle in memory of his daughter Kycie Jai Terry and to help raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes which took her young life.
This little girl captured the hearts of many Southern Utahans’ and people around the world when her undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes led to a brain injury in January. Her subsequent 111-day stay at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City raised awareness about the dangers of undiagnosed juvenile diabetes as support for the Terry family grew through the Kisses for Kycie campaign. She died at home Saturday morning, July 11th in the arms of her father.
There 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. When we have an eagle ready for release, we will frequently seek out individuals or organizations that could use some extra prayers and allow them to release the eagle.
The Southwest Wildlife Foundation has two more young eagles at their rescue center that will also be released in the next few weeks.
These two great horned owls came from two different locations in southern Utah. One was found at one day old, when his nest was blown down in a storm, and brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in Cedar City, Utah. The other was a about three weeks old when he was brought in for care.
These babies are almost seven weeks of age in this video. They are at an age we call them fledglings. Baby owls and many other types of birds outgrow their nests very quickly, before they are able to fly well, and spend some time on the ground near the base of a cliff or large tree where their nest may have been.
They exercise their wings and gain strength and the parents will feed them and encourage them to fly or hop from rock to rock or branch to branch to regain some height for safety.
It is best to leave baby birds where they are unless they are in immediate danger. Keep your pets and children away from the fledglings on the ground, or you can place them back in their nest tree (not necessarily the nest) or another location out of the reach of dogs and children.