42 Years and a Red Tail Hawk

It is commonly known that the 40th Wedding Anniversary traditional gemstone is a Ruby and the color is Ruby Red. Lesser known, however, is the traditional 42nd Wedding Anniversary Red Tail Hawk. For Susan and Martin’s 42nd anniversary on February 18th, they celebrated by releasing a Red Tail Hawk back into the wild where he belongs.

The Red Tail, one of three currently in our rescue center, had been with us for about a month after being hit by a car. On February 18th he was flying well and eating well and very ready to return to the wild. So ready in fact, he managed to get one of his talons around Martin’s finger.

Susan and Martin took the new Subaru Forester out to Rush Lake Ranch. It was the first wildlife release with the new car!

On route, Martin share some sights and birdwatching details and tells the story about he and Susan’s first date.

Out at the ranch, Martin handed the Red Tail Hawk to Susan to release back into the wild. No instructions needed, of course.

Help save Martin’s Hobby

🔹Learn more at Martin’s site🔹

🔹Need to Act Now🔹
Comment deadline is March 2, please visit FAA site now!

The FAA has introduced new laws that will attempt to regulate all “Unmanned Aircraft Systems”(UAS).

🔹Problem of Categorization🔹

This new law lumps together all RC Aircrafts together under one heading of UAS. This means it treats traditional RC model aircrafts the same as drones.

This grouping is problematic for many reasons. Drones and traditional RC aircrafts are very different. They fly differently, have different needs and have very different ability and function.

By grouping them all under the same heading, it will destroy traditional RC model aircraft.

🔹Problem of Identification🔹

In order to control every single flying object in the US, it will require remote identification equipment. This technology does not exist and will take time and resources to develop. It will make older models illegal to fly.

🔹Problem of FAA Approved Fly Areas🔹

The new FAA law proposes that older crafts can be flown at approved areas, however, does not specify where they will be or how they will be chosen. Additionally, it mandates they are “club” related, but again does not define who is eligible though does state past clubs are not immediately approved.

The idea of limited approved spaces will severely hinder if not eliminate flight for traditional RC aircrafts.

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:
🔹 Contribute to the Founders’ Birthdays Fundraiser: https://www.gowildlife.org/bday
🔹 Send an email message: martin@martintyner.com
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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.