Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We are incredibly overwhelmed and so grateful for all the support!
We are incredibly overwhelmed and so grateful for all the support!
In October 2000, Rocky Mountain Power donated 22 acres of majestic canyon property in Cedar City to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah.
Step by step, with the assistance of countless local businesses and volunteers, we have been working to develop the Cedar Canyon Nature Park into a permanent wildlife rescue facility and nature park.
The reason for the Eagle Flight Chamber here at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park is because we rescue many eagles, both golden eagles and bald eagles, every year.
Currently, our largest flight chamber is 10 feet wide, 12 feet tall and 40 feet long. That’s fine for housing them, they are able move around a little bit, and falconry techniques can be used to get them further exercised for release.
We really desperately need a chamber that is 50 feet wide, 100 feet long and about 30 feet tall to give the eagles enough room so that they could actually fly and circle within the chamber to build up their wing strength and exercise before they’re released back to the wild.
Here’s the concept, in any place that grows, especially alfalfa, we have hay barns. Hay barns are basically nothing but a roof supported by some metal pillars. Hay is stored under the roof to keep it out of the weather. There are no sides to these hay barns. We have lots of them here in Utah, they’re quite common.
|For the eagle flight chamber, we would start with the completely open framed structure with just a metal roof type that is clean and smooth with no sharp edges that animals could get hurt by.|
|We would also purchase four 40 foot cargo containers and two 20 foot cargo containers. These containers would line up to form two sides of the outer walls and function as various sized smaller chambers.|
|From there we would use thin walled tubing, metal tubing, and weld the thin walled tubing going up vertically, so we have bars. So the first half is a solid wall with the cargo containers, then barring all the way around the top half of the flight chamber so that there would be lots of ventilation and the birds could see out.|
|A long narrow building in the center of the outer structure would leave about 20 feet on each end leaving a clear path for recovering large birds to circle around. That would be a big enough facility for the birds to circle and build up their strength and endurance.|
|Inside the center building would be a little observation area where the birds couldn’t see the public but the public could see out and see the animals exercising inside the chamber.|
It’s a big, big facility, but again it would be a world class facility that these animals could get their exercise. Not just eagles but large hawks and owls and falcons could exercise in a facility like this.
The great thing is that our park here in Southern Utah is very centrally located which would allow us to receive other eagles that have been rescued by other rehabilitators and place them into our flight chamber. We could certainly see eagles coming from all over the United States to get exercise in the flight chamber. Not only could we help eagles in the flight chamber, but the California Condor which has been relocated here to Southern Utah.
The goal of the flight chamber is to care for the animals and secondly, to function as an educational facility.
The mission of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah is threefold.
1) Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
2) Wildlife & Environmental Education
3) Development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park
We believe the Eagle Flight Chamber is a vital as well as monumental next step to fulfilling our mission.
As the first major structure for wildlife at the park, it must also accommodate the following needs:
|1) Work area for rehabbers and other staff.|
|2) Food storage and food preparation areas.|
|3) Reception and…|
|viewing areas for VIP Visitors.|
|4) Quarters for visiting student interns, academics or researchers.|
|5) Quarters for 24/7 on site caretakers.|
The community is so excited about what we’re trying to do, however, it’s small town Utah. Raising the funds is very difficult. We have to be able to reach out well beyond Cedar City and Southern Utah out into the rest of the country to say please help us.
This is something that your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren will be able to come to this amazing park and wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to say that you had a small piece in the development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park?
We would love everyone to roll up their sleeves, give us a hand, and we’ll make this park a world class facility for everybody.
Thanks to the Braun Family (Tyler, Sarah, Haven & Serenity) who purchased new 4×4 posts and reinstalled the welcome sign along the Coal Creek walking path, originally made as a Boy Scout Eagle Project.
Thanks to Shane Christensen for spreading gravel around the rehabilitation facilities, parking area, repairing the broken bridge, and providing maintenance and repairs around the Information Destination restrooms and picnic area at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.
Thanks to Ben Herring of and his crew as they work after hours to bring together the two halves of a 20’ x 40’ modular office building which will serve as our first phase visitor’s center for the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.
We need many more volunteers as we continue to develop the Cedar Canyon Nature Park and remodel our first phase visitor’s center. If you would like to volunteer your time and talent please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 435-586-4693. We are looking for eager people with a variety of skills to help us.
We want to extend our thanks to Nicole Shafer, Alyson Tarrant and Dr. Jacqualine Grant for volunteering their time as board members and helping to make so much progress possible in the development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park these past few years.
Thank you Dr. Jacqualine Grant for providing such an interesting and informative lecture before the music began on Friday August 31 about Monarch butterflies, pollinators and the plants they need to survive and help our environment. Her knowledge and passion made for a great presentation and got us all excited to help the environment, each in our own way.
Thank you Tom Bennett, singer, songwriter & one man band to who provided a delightful evening of original music at our 3rd Campfire Concert in the Canyon on August 31. Jennifer Alger, Patrick Shannon and Susan Tyner for setup and cleanup for these programs and the Youth Volunteer Corp (YVC) for offering free face painting to the youth that attended the concert.
Our sincere appreciation goes out to Kenny Russel, Paul “Pablo” Schwartz and Tom Bennett; singers and songwriters that provided their time and talent to entertain us at our first three campfire concerts this year.
For those that have missed out any of these great opportunities, join us for our last Campfire Concert of the 2018 season on Friday, September 28th. Meet two of our newest Wildlife Ambassadors as Martin Tyner introduces Piper and Belle at 7 PM and enjoy Mountaintop Sound’s duo, Steven Swift and April McPherson as they entertain us with their Roots Blues style music at 7:30 PM
Yet again we were inundated by so many kind gifts from our Amazon Wishlist! We are very grateful to all of you who have donated items to help the critters! Added thanks to all of you who also have chosen SWF as your charity at Amazon Smile!
We want to thank Simeon Amankwa from Boy Scout Troup 345 for building this flight chamber – weathering yard as part of an upgrade for the Southwest Wildlife Foundation rehabilitation facilities in Enoch. On July 21 & July 28 Simeon worked alongside 18 other scouts, church and community members who came together to help with this Eagle Scout Project.
We want to recognize and thank Sunroc Corporation for their donation of lumber and hardware for this project and also recognize and thank C-A-L Ranch Store for their donation of chicken wire and hardware for this project. Moms and sisters provided lunch for the volunteers and with teamwork this project was completed with just 2 days hard work.
Thank you so much.
We want to thank Boy Scouts and their leaders from the Cedar West Stake for pulling weeds along our trail between our two parking areas on July 21.
We want to thank DG, our Volunteer Webgeek for all of her hard work to bring you updates on our wildlife rehabilitation and to promote educational awareness about wildlife and the environment we share with them. She understands the value of education which over time, will save more lives than all of our rehabilitation efforts.
Thank you DG, for editing our videos and sharing them with the world to benefit the critters. We truly appreciate your dedication and service.
We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to Frances Keller who recently created a Fundraiser for the Southwest Wildlife Foundation on Facebook in Honor of Her Birthday Celebration. She not only raised $130 in contributions on Facebook, she also sent us a personal check for $130 to match her contributor’s funds dollar for dollar and sent her heartfelt thanks.
We and all of the Wild Critters in Southern Utah would like to send Frances Keller our most sincere Happy Birthday Wish and to let her know that we are extremely grateful for her kindness.
St. George Findlay Subaru Grand-Opening of their new showroom is Friday July 27th at 10 AM!
We would like to invite everyone in southern Utah to come to the grand opening and show your support to Findlay St. George Dealership we love and who has been so good to us!
We thrilled to announce that the Southwest Wildlife Foundation has again been named as local charity by Findlay Subaru for the Subaru Share the Love Event!
Thank you to Findlay Subaru of St. George for so many years of helping us help critter!