This Young Kestrel Falcon needs no help

On June 21st, Martin was called out to check on a young Kestrel Falcon in a person’s yard. Upon arrival, Martin saw the nest nearby. Based on the size and age of the Kestrel, Martin knew the parents were still around to care for the young one. In this case, the Kestrel was in no danger and knowing he was all right, the home owner’s were happy to share their home and leave him be.
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Eagle & Two Falcons Set F R E E!

On June 14th three birds were ready to return to the wild. Susan and Martin packed up a Golden Eagle and two Peregrine Falcons. With the Subaru well loaded, they headed up the C-Overlook to release the birds back to the wild. Though he can’t be sure, Martin thinks it is possible the two Peregrines are mates and nest near the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.

Though this release could not be promoted, Susan and Martin were joined by a few family and friends. One of our volunteers, KayAnne, released the first Peregrine and Susan & Martin’s daughter, Vicki, released the second one.

The Golden Eagle was released by a Eagle Scout, Nate. Martin had been scheduled to bring Scout the Golden Eagle to Nate’s Eagle Court of honor, however it had to be cancelled. Purely by chance, Nate was up the C-Overlook when the birds were released.

Martin Tyner, founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah, is a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator, educator, propagator, and master falconer with over 50 years of experience.

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Falconry: Prairie Falcon, Piper, Flying High!

Piper the Prairie Falcon arrived back in May of 2018. This is the sixth and final episode in the series about his early training in falconry.

This video includes three days of continued free flying practice, ending with his best flight yet where he adds a good amount of altitude and does a good stoop to get a pigeon.

To see each episode and watch his gradual training, please visit Piper’s Video Playlist here!

Martin Caring for our Wildlife Ambassadors

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah currently has five Wildlife Ambassadors:

These are birds that Martin takes with him to education presentations. Between presentations, they are part of the family and require daily care, attention and training.

A regular routine is essential to maintain the birds training the their relationship with Martin. Martin’s time and assurances through falconry techniques helps to calm the birds when they go into so many different types of situations during wildlife educational presentations.

This video shows Martin’s daily routine of checking in each bird at night and moving them into the house for bedtime. Then early in the morning, returning them back out to their chambers and feeding them a natural diet. The time they spend together each day is essential to their overall training and sense of well being.

Hanging Out With Helen

Helen is our newest Wildlife Ambassador, introduced back in March. She is a Peregrine Falcon that cannot see very well, and will always rely on Martin to be her seeing eye human. With us for awhile now, she has already done many educational presentations with Martin in her role as a Wildlife Ambassador.

This video includes more information about Helen and how she is getting along in her new home and in her new role!

Free Flying!

Falconry | Prairie Falcon Training Pt. 5 | Free Flying!

From August 26th and September 1st of last year, Martin’s continued work with Piper the Prairie Falcon. Piper is doing well, flying more and growing up as wild falcon. In this video, we see some of his first hunting flights and a first catch.

Piper the Prairie Falcon Free Flights (pt 4)

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 is allowed to fly free!

In this session Piper is free to fly around and learn to be a wild Prairie Falcon. To bring him back, Martin tosses the lure. With practice, Piper will fly further and further and longer and longer. This is a difficult time in the training of a prairie falcon, Martin discusses the challenges and ways through them.

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

New Wildlife Ambassador!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our pantheon of Wildlife Ambassadors! A young female Peregrine Falcon has officially joined their ranks!

This Peregrine comes from a breeding program as she is very near-sighted. She could not survive in the wild nor be a falconry bird. She can however be an educational bird!

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That Bird Named!

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.