Wildlife Educational Materials and Teacher Guides

The Eagle has landed

Though outstanding hunters, Eagles have a very high failure rate

Eagles are very big with a wide wing span. Bigger is not always better when it comes to hunting. A smaller lighter male eagle can often have the edge over a larger heavier female eagle. For all their skills and amazing physical prowess, it usually takes many, many unsuccessful attempts before they finally capture their prey. Their hunts take longer and exert great energy, but their larger prey provides a meal that lasts them longer as well. They do not need to eat daily.

Combined with shrinking habitats, they often feast on roadkill.

It takes a lot of effort to hunt for food especially in a limited habitat among much competition and obstructions. Roadkill is a lot easier to hunt. Eagles are opportunistic predators, they will take what they can get with the least amount of energy expended.

The Eagle has eaten

A large meal increases the weight of Eagle

Just as a pilot must track and balance weight on an airplane, so do birds. Their flight is dependent on a healthy weight and incredible physical fitness. It does not take much weight to throw off their optimal weight and balance for flight.

Extra weight creates added difficulty to resume flight and return to cover

A large meal can weigh down a bird considerably. Not only does the added weight from a big meal make flying harder, it also lessens their incentive for flight. Already satiated, their will and attitude to work for food drops.

The Eagle has launched

Please slow down as a large, heavy Eagle needs time and distance to get off the road

If you see birds, even smaller ones in the road, it is a good idea to slow down. If there are many birds eating roadkill, it may not be possible to see an eagle among them until it is too late.

Unlike smaller birds, Eagles cannot dart away from vehicles.

For those in urban areas, you may be used to just driving along with birds in front of you in the road because most smaller ones are able to get out of the way. Small birds with small wing spans can flap away quickly. A Eagle and some other larger birds cannot. While driving in wildlife areas, please keep an eye out for objects in the road and slow down in order to better evaluate the situation and act accordingly.


Wild is Wild

How to Help Wild Animals
Distance is the best way to help

Cute, Fuzzy

And dangerous. Even small or young animals that look cute and fuzzy be problematic. Besides sharp talons and strong beaks, contact with humans can affect there development in extremely negative ways.

Fight or Flight

Wild animals run on instincts, they fear humans from an early age.

“The animals that I rescue, they get as little human contact as I can possibly get away with. We don’t want them acclimated to people. Wild animals have a very strong fight or flight instinct. They want to stay away from people and that’s really really good. The fight or flight instinct develops in most birds of prey, between 14 to 21 days and that’s when the instinct kicks in. They develop a natural fear for things that they do not understand, and that’s a survival technique”

Deadly Assumptions

Even young, hurt or trained they are wild and need to respected.

“These are wild animals, she still has all of her instincts. If handled inappropriately they could be very dangerous the relationship is built on respect for the animal and if she ever does anything to hurt me these large feet right here, that’s what she kills with if she were to reach over, grab my hand, and put all four talons through my hand, well that’s fine she’s a wild animal and if I get hurt that’s my fault.”

Keep Your Distance & Call

Police Dispatch(NOT 911)
Wildlife Rehabilitator
Wildlife Organization


How to Help Wild Birds

What to do if you see a wild bird that appears in distress

1) OBSERVE

Adult Bird

  • Look for obvious injury
  • Is the bird acting tame?

Baby Bird

  • Is nest nearby?
  • Are siblings nearby?
  • Can you see or hear parents around?

2) SURVEY

  • Is the area safe?
  • Is the bird in its habitat?
  • are other birds around?

3) RESPOND

  • If the bird is in immediate danger
  • If the bird has obvious serious injury
  • If you are not sure
  • If you still have concerns

Who to Call

  • Police Dispatch (NOT 911)
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Wildlife Organization
  • In Southern Utah, call Martin of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation at (435)590-1618

The Bald Eagle That Would Not Quit

Our first short film of wildlife recovery

In January of 2015, a very, very, sick bald eagle arrived at the rescue center. Initially, wildlife rehabilitator, Martin Tyner, did not think the bird would survive. Over nearly two months, the bald eagle continued to fight and, against all odds, grew stronger and healthier.

This film features footage of examinations and feedings as the bald eagle recovers. During sessions with the bald eagle, Martin shares extensive information about wildlife rehabilitation and notes positive signs of recovery.

This film is closed captioned.