2017 SWF October Newsletter

Owls, Hawks and a Community!

October proved to be a busier month for rehab than anticipated.  The majority of our visitors came in with concussions from collisions with cars and windows.  Four great horned owls, a burrowing owl and a saw whet owl were brought in to our care and amazingly, all were able to be released during October.  This includes the burrowing owl that came in September with such a bad concussion that it was blind for a time, and the great horned owl that was hit by a car in September and came in with soft tissue damage to its wing.  Both made full recoveries and were returned back into the wild.

Some of our other rescues were not so lucky.  One cooper's hawk flew into a window, sustaining a concussion and breaking its back.  It did not make it.  Another cooper's hawk was found in New Harmony with a badly broken wing, requiring it to be euthanized.  We also lost a house finch who was caught by a cat, a sharp-shinned hawk who came in with a concussion, and a juvenile male golden eagle that was struck by a car on Hwy 56 in Cedar City, breaking its wing and back, while feeding on roadkill. 

A third cooper's hawk was brought in with only a mild concussion.  It recovered quickly and was released.  A Merlin falcon also came in with a concussion and was favoring a wing.  It also recovered well and was released. 

There are three birds that were brought into our rescue center that are still with us.  One is the male kestrel falcon that has been with us for almost a year due to the broken feathers on one of its wings which has prevented it from being able to fly.  He finally started molting and growing in new feathers, however, they do not seem to be holding well and he is still unable to fly.  Our rehabilitators are evaluating him to determine if we want to apply for an educational permit for him while we wait to see if he can recover enough to be released.  The second bird was a ring-neck dove who was hit by a car and lost some feathers.  It recovered quickly and is doing well, however, due to it being an invasive species, we are unable to release it.  Invasive species can cause serious issues for native animals and plants.  We are currently working with it so that it can become an educational ambassador.  Doves are very docile and would make an excellent animal ambassador for classroom visits.  The third bird is an adult red-tailed hawk which was found in October with soft tissue damage to its right wing.  It is recovering in our rehab facilities.   

If you have ever heard the saying "it takes a village", it is so true!  The Southwest Wildlife Foundation has an awesome community of volunteers and supporters which has grown immensely in the last couple of years!  There are those who have been with us from the beginning, including the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and Rocky Mountain Power.  Then there are those who joined us more recently who have gone above and beyond to further the mission of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.  These include the members of our Construction and Development Committee, DG from RexRuff Web Site Construction, Gilbert Development Corporation, Funder Welding and Design, and Rainbow Sign and Design to name a few.  We have also had many eager and hard working volunteers from the community with differing backgrounds who have shown their willingness to lend a hand in a variety of areas.  We have all been brought together by a belief in the mission of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, respect for the founders, a passion for nature and wildlife, the importance of education, and a love for this community.

This month, the Information Destination was officially open to the public, volunteers finished mortaring the beautiful sandstone facade around our building, updated the sandstone and mortar around our fire pit, drywall was put up in our utility room, more landscaping was done, and work began on the trail head which is being upgraded to a paved ADA trail complete with hydro-thermal coils for future snow-melt.  A meeting was held to establish the placement of our first phase Visitor Center at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park which we plan to have open next year, create a budget for fixing up our first phase Visitor Center and the completion of the fencing around our rehab yard, and engineering work was done in preparation for the septic of our Visitor Center buildings.  

At the end of September the Southwest Wildlife Foundation was approved for a grant from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.  We were surprised and delighted to receive a letter from our local Rocky Mountain Power indicating that they were going to donate an additional $775, on top of the grant the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation sent, to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in support of the continued development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.  We truly are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive community!  The local businesses, organizations, and citizens have been so amazing and we look forward to continuing to return that support through our rescue, rehabilitation and education efforts, and continuing to develop and beautify the Cedar Canyon Nature Park for future generations to enjoy!
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