2018 SWF March Newsletter

Rehab Report, First Phase Visitor Center and What Spring Brings!

March Rehabilitation Updates from our Founder and the Director of Wildlife Services, Martin Tyner:

We had an interesting opportunity presented to us. A television production company from Australia, Blizzard Road Productions, contacted me last month. They were in the process of developing an international documentary about people who have unique relationships with wildlife.

The production company flew in from Australia last week and spent more than 3 hours interviewing me and my animals. I had a young western red-tailed hawk that was ready for release. We drove out to Rush Lake Ranch and allowed the producer to release the hawk back to the wild.

The producer seemed very pleased with the interview and said that the documentary will open in Europe first and will be available for viewing around the world in a few months. Estimated viewership should exceed one hundred million viewers which should help promote Cedar City, Iron County and the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.

Rehabilitation work for the month of March included a female juvenile red-tailed hawk found at Sand Hollow reservoir drowning. With the help of a local family the hawk was brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. It recovered completely and was released last week, filmed by the Australian Production company.

A juvenile bald eagle found north of Enoch with a severely busted up shoulder which unfortunately was non-reparable. Sometimes the only thing I can do is the humane thing and relieve its suffering. These are the days when it’s incredibly important that I have my friend, Scout the golden eagle, to talk to.

We currently have a sub-adult golden eagle that is still healing from its injuries. Its tail feathers are now growing in. Its crop is completely healed, but the injury on its wing may still be an issue.

We have a kestrel falcon with damage to its right wing. He is non-releasable and we are currently waiting for permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place him on an educational permit as one of our wildlife ambassadors.

It is now the beginning of April and our orphan baby season will be starting up soon. I greatly appreciate all of the love and support from the friends of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Without your support, we could not do what we do.

Thank you,
Martin Tyner, Founder


Though we do not have video yet of this most recent red-tailed hawk release, DG from RexRuff Web Site Construction did put together a video about the dark morph red-tailed hawk that came to us and was released in February which I will link below. 

Dark Morph Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue
March saw a very exciting step forward for the future of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation and the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.  As many of you are aware and have been waiting with us in excited anticipation, the day finally came that the delivery of the donated 24ft by 60ft mobile office was driven through town and laid to rest at its final home at the CCNP.  MidWest Mobile Home Services, Inc. did an incredible job maneuvering the two halves of our building to the CCNP and into position.  This generous gift, made possible thanks to the efforts of Gilbert Development Corporation and Alysen Tarrant, is being transformed into our First Phase Visitor Center with an exciting design which includes a porch with ramp, steps and double doors for easy access, a front desk area, gift shop area, a wall focusing on birds of prey, visual and hands-on educational displays focusing on geology, paleontology, archaeology, native plants and native animals, and a children's corner.  There will also be an office and triage lab area for staff to do their work. 

With generous donations by Gilbert Development Corporation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Alysen Tarrant, Southwest Applied Technology College and other individuals who have donated of their time, talents and materials, prep work is already underway on getting this Visitor Center up and running!  However, we are still seeking additional funds and supplies through grants and fundraising opportunities to get this design completed, fencing for our wildlife rehab yard moved and finished, and our parking lot expanded and paved.  Some items we are still in search of for our First Phase Visitor Center and rehab yard include a large fridge and freezer to store food for wildlife, a mini fridge for staff use, vinyl flooring, and 7ft tall chain link fencing and accessories. 

This First Phase Visitor Center is going to make it possible for the SWF to have staff on-site to receive and care for rescued wildlife, and provide educational programs and tours.  It will also allow us to train more staff and prepare for the transition to our 4,000 sq ft Welcome Center and Museum of Natural History when it is built.  Once the Welcome Center and Museum of Natural History is built, this beautiful First Phase Visitor Center will become our permanent Wildlife Triage Lab and Rehabilitation Offices.  We are thrilled for this new chapter in the growth of the SWF and the development of the CCNP!  
Additional projects that will be underway this Spring and Summer include continued landscaping around our trail head and Information Destination, work on our Native Plant Garden with a picnic area, wicking beds for hands-on garden activities, a beautiful arch for growing native vines, a butterfly shaped trail for a more natural native plant setting, a variety of interpretive displays and signage, and as mentioned previously, the expansion of our parking area, the completion of our fencing for our wildlife rehab yard, and our First Phase Visitor Center!  

Other large projects that we are still seeking funding for includes our Raptor Critical Care Center and Eagle Flight Chamber to help prepare large birds of prey to return back into the wild, a water wheel as an educational and attractive feature as well as to help provide energy for the facilities at the CCNP, and our 4,000 sq. ft. Welcome Center and Museum of Natural History.  Projects still in the planning stages include aviaries, a reptile house, additional wildlife habitats, and our Historic Reservoir Outdoor Theater.

Looking for ways to help?  There are some volunteer positions we are currently seeking.  One volunteer position we are seeking with the potential of becoming a paid position is that of Events Coordinator.  We need someone with experience and connections who can assist in planning and coordinating a variety of events, such as 5Ks, bike races, golf tournaments, banquets, art walks, etc.  If you have an interest in such a position, feel free to email us at

We have also put together a variety of fundraising options for individuals and businesses to choose from based on their areas of interest and funding capabilities.  These include Corporate Sponsor options, sponsor an animal, Bridge Plaques, engraved Landscape Stones, sponsor a plant in our Native Plant Garden with an informational plaque, a custom bench, paver in front of our First Phase Visitor Center or future Welcome Center and Museum of Natural History, name on the entry wall of our First Phase Visitor Center and future Welcome Center and Museum of Natural History, name on interior wall of future Raptor Critical Care Center,  and sponsor a section of our First Phase Visitor Center or future Welcome Center and Museum of Natural History.  These fundraising options range in price from $100 to $25,000.  Most of these options have not yet been posted, however, keep watch for them to arrive or feel free to contact us if you would like to request more information about a specific option.
The SWF has some exciting events coming up that we would like to share with you!  

First, Iron County Care and Share has created an exciting fundraiser to benefit a variety of local charities, including the Southwest Wildlife Foundation!  Cedar City Motor Company has donated a 2018 Jeep Latitude, and other sponsors have donated prizes as well, including vacation packages, shopping sprees, scholarships and more!  You may enter once to earn an opportunity to win with each donation of $10.  This donation drive opened March 22nd and will close July 13th.  You will have the opportunity to choose which charity you are donating on behalf of, and whichever charity receives the most will get an additional bonus to their share of the donations raised.  Please see Iron County Care and Share's website for additional details and the rules involved. 

Wednesday, April 11th from 1:30pm-2:30pm our reptile animal ambassadors will be visiting the Fiddler's Elementary Green Team Animal Station Day to teach the students about our native snakes and how to tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake.

Saturday, April 14th from 8pm-10pm, the Southern Utah Space Foundation is putting on a Star Party at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.  This event is free, open to the public and family friendly!  Expect to learn about and identify some contellations, learn to navigate by the stars on a short night hike and check out some awesome views through a telescope!  Learn more at!

Wednesday, April 18th starting at 5:30pm, Mayor Maile Wilson and the Cedar City Council will be recognizing the SWF Founder, Martin Tyner for 50 years of wildlife care!  We feel so honored to be able to take part in continuing the legacy this man has created and hope you will join us in honoring him!

Friday, April 20th starting at 10am as part of the Subaru of America Share the Love Campaign, Subaru of America and St. George Findlay Subaru will be presenting Martin Tyner with a donation to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of $9,707.91.  This will take place at St. George Findlay Subaru at 1405 S. Sunland Dr. St. George, UT.  All are invited to attend.

Saturday, April 21st from 9am-5pm the SWF will have a booth space at Greenfest in Downtown Summerlin, NV at their 9th Annual Earth Day Event!  This event is free for the public!  You can learn more at!

Saturday, May 12th and Saturday, June 16th from 8pm-10pm, the Southern Utah Space Foundation will be holding two more Star Parties at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.  Watch their website and Facebook page for more details to come! 

Friday, June 29th, July 27th, August 31st and September 28th we will be having our Annual Campfire Concerts in the Canyon.  These events will be held at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park at our campfire area beginning at 7pm with an educational speaker, face painting, a campfire with goodies available to roast, and musicians beginning at 8pm.  This event is free and family friendly!  Bring blankets or camp chairs to sit on and a sweater for the cooler evening weather.

Saturday, July 14th from 3pm-9pm the SWF will have a booth at Cedar City's 21st Annual Rotary July Jamboree!  Join the fun at this free family friendly event!  Located on Main Street in Cedar City, UT, you can learn more at 
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