Birds of Prey Shows in Lake Havasu City Excerpts

* Video Timeline below *
On Thursday, January 16th, Martin & Susan loaded up the brand new Subaru and our Wildlife Ambassadors: Scout the Golden Eagle, Belle the Harris Hawk, Helen the Peregrine Falcon. They arrived in Lake Havasu City at the Volunteer Critter Webgeek’s house around 3p and pretty much immediately got into work mode. First the Wildlife Ambassadors were moved from the Subaru to a couple tables then Martin sat with them for a little while after the five hour drive.

Around 3:30, Scout was back in the car to head down to London Bridge for a quick photoshoot with the Go Lake Havasu Photographer. Martin carried Scout in his kennel from the London Bridge Visitor Center parking lot down to the bridge. Once we found a good spot, he took Scout out and instantly drew a crowd! Martin is a teacher 24/7 and happily answered questions from the people who gathered.

We took a bunch of photos then went off to the Aquatic Center to meet with a reporter of the local newspaper and check out the venue. After the interview, we headed home shortly for some food, and to pick up the other Wildlife Ambassadors for the first show. We got back to the Aquatic Center at 6p, a full hour before the show to have plenty of time to set up. Briana, of the Lake Havasu Water Division, who hosted the event was there as well as another speaker, Joey, of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

We were all very, VERY, happy to see the seats begin filling nearly 30 minutes before the show. A couple rows of seats were added for the first show, and even more for the second show on the following night. Given all the efforts so many had contributed to the shows, the strong turn out was deeply appreciated!

Our thanks to:

🔹Our host Briana Morgan, Lake Havasu City Water Division, who spoke about Lake Havasu Water Conservation
🔹Joey Saccomanno of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge who shared local wildlife information ( Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges )
🔹 Go Lake Havasu for helping to plan and promote our events!
🔹 Murphy Broadcasting who shared our message across all their area radio stations!
Shugrues Restaurant Group and Barley Brothers Restaurant and Brewery for feeding our founders!
🔹The Aquatic Center for all their help setting up and quickly adding chairs when needed!
🔹Dorothy Gallardo who helped at the events & housed our founders and Wildlife Ambassadors!
🔹And many, many local businesses, schools, and churches who posted up our event flyers!

Though Susan and Martin were in work mode for most of the trip with the Livestream as well as the two shows, they still had a little time to enjoy a good meal compliments of Barley Brothers right by the London Bridge. They also enjoyed a short walk on a small trail along the shore of Lake Havasu.

They headed off for Cedar City right after the second show. And once home, Martin again immediately tended to the Wildlife Ambassadors.

* Timeline *
00:00 – 00:42 Instagram Story from London Bridge & Stills
00:43 – 01:04 Checking out the Venue
01:05 – 01:56 Stills from the first show
01:57 – 03:13 Excerpts from Livestream: Martin talks about First Day in Havasu
03:14 – 03:40 Instagram story from Barley Brothers Restaurant
03:45 – 06:10 The opening slideshow of Martin’s Presentations
Video Excerpts from Second Show
06:11 – 07:50 About Eagles
07:51 – 11:30 Video about an Eagle Rescue
11:31 – 15:42 Bald Eagle Rescue & Release story
15:43 – 16:35 About Eagle Lice
16:36 – 28:23 About Vultures
28:24 – 31:06 About Releases & Wild is Wild
31:07 – 32:28 About a Pygmy Owl
32:29 – 44:21 Belle the Harris Hawk Time!
44:22 – 53:56 Helen the Peregrine Falcon Time!
53:57 – 55:24 End of Show

Birds of Prey Presentation | Findlay Subaru

To kick off the Subaru Share the Love Event, Martin brought Scout the Golden Eagle, Belle the Harris Hawk and Helen the Peregrine Falcon to the showroom of Findlay Subaru!

Please enjoy the short version of Martin’s Birds of Prey presentations including audience questions throughout.

Golden Eagle Bestie Part Deux!

🎉🎂Today is Martin’s Birthday! We’ve put together some excerpts and outtakes of Martin and his birds just doing their thing.
If you’d like to join us in celebrating his big day, here are some suggestions to make him a happy birthday boy:
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🔹 Watch Golden Eagle Bestie part one if you missed it or watch it again!

A Big Annoucement We Can Finally Share

This is a story started way back on September 26th, 2018.

And we’ve kept it secret over a year as we worked with associates and volunteers to put everything together to get to this point.

Today it is official. Our founder, Martin Tyner, is one of 31 nominees in the running for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize.

“The Indianapolis Prize recognizes and rewards conservationists who have achieved major victories in advancing the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. Winners receive an unrestricted $250,000 award. Remaining Finalists each receive $10,000.”

We are incredibly excited about Martin’s nomination and thrilled to see his work acknowledged among the ranks of 30 other amazing conservationists!

The Indianapolis Prize is the world’s leading award for animal conservation and its nominees hail from countries around the globe.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Martin and all of the 31 nominees as well as thanking the Indianapolis Prize officials for supporting the work they do. The Indianapolis Prize social sites will be sharing more information about each nominee in the coming months.

Please check out their URLs:

Indianapolis Prize

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.

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!

Birthday Thank You From Martin

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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.

A Park To Save Critters!

Martin tells the story of how Rocky Mountain Power/PacifiCorp donated 22.6 acres of majestic canyon property in Cedar City, Utah to create a permanent wildlife rescue facility and nature park.

Nestled between beautiful red sandstone mountains, our goal is to provide a public educational facility dedicated to the environments represented by the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. The Cedar Canyon Nature Park sits on the transition point between these two unique ecosystems.

Click here to learn more about the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.

DO GOOD. Martin honored for 50 years of Critter Care!

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During a recent trip to Salt Lake City in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary, Susan made surprise plans for Martin. To his surprise the trip included a visit to the state capital building. Susan had contacted Senate Representative Evan J. Vickers about Martin’s 50 years of critter care. Senator Vickers honored Martin on the Utah State Senate floor with an acknowledgment of his lifelong wildlife work.

Here is Susan’s letter:

Martin Tyner – Federally licensed, wildlife rehabilitator, wildlife and environmental educator.

For 50 years Mr. Tyner, as a volunteer, has been caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and has been providing wildlife educational outreach programs for schools, scout groups, eagle court of honors and community events throughout the western United States.

Mr. Tyner is personally responsible for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of thousands of native Utah wildlife and has provided an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of school children and adults to have an up-close and personal experience with his wildlife ambassadors, including his best friend, Scout, the golden eagle.
Mr. Tyner and his wife Susan founded the Southwest Wildlife Foundation 20 years ago.

With a generous gift from Pacificorp/ Scottish Power/ Rocky Mountain Power of 22.6 acres of beautiful canyon property on Highway 14 in Cedar City, the Tyner’s with a dedicated group of volunteers, are developing the Cedar Canyon Nature Park to continue to educate future generations about the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin ecosystems.

The reason for the Tyner’s visit to Salt Lake City is to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Tyner has requested this opportunity to publicly acknowledge her husband’s lifelong dedication and service to not only the wildlife and the people of Utah, but for his love and devotion as a husband, a father and her best friend.

If appropriate, Susan would like to read this statement below:

I want to thank Senate Representative Evan J. Vickers for allowing me to take a moment of your time to publicly acknowledge my husband, Martin Tyner, my best friend and the love of my life for his lifelong service and dedication to wildlife, community, the Great State of Utah and beyond.

For our 40th wedding anniversary I would like to tell my husband how proud I am of him for following his grandfather’s wise teachings, “To get up every morning and do Good.” And Yes this April will mark 50 years that Martin has dedicated his life, love and devotion to wildlife and his educational programs to help make our world a better place.

Martin tells his audience at his programs, “I am the luckiest man on earth to have found such a wonderful, beautiful, sweet, young lady to have put up with me for all of these years.”

The truth of the matter is I’m the lucky one. I am blessed to have such an amazing and loving husband. And although Martin might feel that he has no special skills or talents. Everyone that knows Martin well, understands his gifts and that he has lived an amazing life of service and dedication.

I love you Sweetheart. Happy 40th Anniversary!


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