A Rescued and Saved Eagle Story for Save the Eagles Day!

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:

Young Bald Eagle Rehabilitation

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 info@gowildlife.org

Release of Great Horned Owl

This great horned owl was brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Inc. by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in November. It had been hit by a car west of Cedar City receiving a severe concussion which caused it to lose its vision and balance. Within a week of its arrival into our rehabilitation it was able stand and feed itself. Its vision was also returning but it still suffered from neurological and balance issues.

After two weeks in our care it was able to fly back and forth to the perches in its rehabilitation chamber. It was well on the road to a full recovery and after a month in rehabilitation it was released late in the afternoon on December 28 by Douglas Chang the president of the Las Vegas Chapter Audubon Society. Several spectators met up at the Rush Lake Ranch along the Minersville Highway, just north of Cedar City Utah for this release, but since the trees there were full of wintering bald eagles, we drove out to the Parowan Gap where the owl was released back to the wild.

Grebes Rescues in Winter Storm

Susan has been very busy grooming dogs for the holiday and Martin has been busy all day with phone calls about little birds that cannot fly. People are finding these little football shaped birds with red eyes all over Southern Utah, from Richfield to Cedar City. Most of them are Eared Grebes and some Western Grebes which are all migrating through the state heading south. They cannot take off into flight from land and can’t even walk well on land, so they are easy to pick up.

But watch out, they bite with their little pointy beaks, at least its not serious.

They can only take off from water. Lakes and rivers reflect the moon at night and that is where they land to rest on their migration. Guess what looks just like lakes and rivers at night to these little birds? Streets and parking lots that are wet with rain or snow with street lights shinning on them. So during storms when the pavement is wet, it looks like water to these birds and they land thinking it is a safe water landing where they can rest and eat.

Unfortunately they have some rough landings and can get scraped up hitting the pavement, but usually survive the initial landing, they just can’t take off again and can get run over by cars or snow plows. Some lands in yards and other places so people are finding them here and there.

What do you do if you come across one?

Usually, call your State Fish and Wildlife Service or a local wildlife rescue organization such as the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in Southern Utah, but in cases where hundreds of these birds are landing all over the state. They might need a little extra help from good Samaritans. They need to be taken to open water that is not frozen over and released on the water. They can relax, feed and take off when ready to resume their migration. They can be picked up and transported in a box to the nearest lake or reservoir that is not frozen over and then released.

With another big storm beginning tonight and going for the next couple of days, we have a feeling there will be more in need of rescue. Several years ago about 4000 landed in southern Utah during a big storm. Many of them died after landing on the freeway, Main Street and parking lots. Drivers don’t always see them so many perished getting run over.

Many of them were gathered up by good Samaritans and taken to Utah Wildlife Resources and the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Volunteers were taking boxes full of them down to Quail Creek Reservoir, which wasn’t frozen over, where they were released for several days.

Lets hope we don’t have a repeat, that only a few came down in the wrong place, but we want to educate you all just in case.

Martin’s Deer Rescue included on Right This Minute TV show

Martin’s recent rescue of a mule deer was shared by the TV show and web site, “Right this Minute“.

After asking permissions to share the video Susan captured, the team at Right This Minute edited then shared the tale at TV stations across the nation and on their web site!

Many thanks to Right This Minute for helping promote wildlife rehabilitation and Martin’s work at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Extra thanks to host, Gayle Bass, for her awesome narration as well as Nikki C for her writing on the their version and Dia S and Daz who found our video and recommended it!

A Surprise Rescue and Release of a Mule Deer

The plan was to go out to dinner for Martin’s Birthday after Susan got home from work and Martin from Hawking.

Once home, they let Cody outside to play frisbee. After Susan threw in it several times, Martin took over while Susan cleaned up dog messes. After spending ten minutes in the front yard, Susan neared the far corner near the pine tree and large rehab chamber and heard something moving. She turned around and saw a mule deer running away from her toward Martin and the gate.

Where the heck did it come from?

It must have been laying very quietly by the tree and they didn’t even notice it in the yard. Cody didn’t notice it either until it ran past them. Martin examined the young deer checking for injuries. It was cut up a bit around the face. It could not have gotten into their fenced front yard by itself so they figured it may have been hit by a car and was stunned or in shock. Thankfully, no serious injuries and someone decided to bring it to the foundation. Since no one was home, put it in the front yard.

Martin put it into the large connecting chamber and decided since it was not seriously injured the best thing would be to release it to the winter range where it could find plenty of food and join another herd. I- 15 and the main street in Cedar City are major problems for the deer trying to migrate from summer mountain range to winter feed, and many get hit every fall, winter and spring. If kept in captivity and as it felt better it would injure itself worse so we drove it out to winter range and released it.

Prayers on the Wings of an Eagle for T1D

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.

Terry Family with golden eagle just before release

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.


Survival of the Fittest

In the wild not all survive. The strongest, fastest, smartest and most aggressive are usually the survivors.

These three Swainson’s Hawks came from Filmore Utah when their nest blew down. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was contacted to rescue them and they were brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation to be raised and released back to the wild.

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2015 a glimpse of wildlife rescue at the SWF

Dear Friends of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation,
I apologize for not providing updates in the last month. Susan and I have been incredibly busy. Both the wildlife rescue and the wildlife education have kept us running like mad. Let’s see if I can bring you up to speed.

The two baby great horned owls have been successfully raised and released back to the wild about three weeks ago and they are both doing wonderful. All of the baby kestrel falcons have been released, as well as a pot load of sparrows, robins, doves and so on.
In the last couple of weeks, I have received three young orphaned golden eagles. All three of them came from different locations, but the reason they were orphaned were all the same. In late June we had a spell of extremely hot weather right at the time the young eagles were learning to fly. All three young eagles became separated from their parents, ended up on the ground, and were dying from the oppressive heat, all three on the very edge of death. Intensive care, fluids, and food; their lives have been saved and in August they will be ready to be returned to the wild.
Yesterday we released a Swainson hawk into the wild and received two orphaned pigmy owls. That’s how it goes; you release one and your get two. The flow of sick, injured and orphaned critters this year had been constant.
Back to the eagles: 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.
Here is where all of you come in; I could use a little help. I can contact the local newspaper and television stations and tell them I have an eagle ready to be returned to the wild, and the media people will say, “What is this the 15th eagle this year? Martin, that’s not news.” But if somebody rich or famous, or a high profile organization would like to come and release an eagle, then we are able to get the media coverage we need to continue to seek donations for our wildlife rescue center.
So if anyone has contacts, connections, friends that could help put us in touch with individuals or organizations that would like to release an eagle, please let me know as quickly as possible.
Thank you everyone for your kind and generous donations to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, and a big thanks to all of our employees at Tyner’s Grooming and other volunteers who have given so much of their time to help us care for all of the small birds.
Martin Tyner

Great Horned Owl Fledglings

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.