2017 SWF December Newsletter

2017 Rescues Final Count & a Letter From our Founder

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation (SWF) had five new rescues brought in to our rescue center for care during December.  One was a grackle, which is a black bird that has a longer tail and is taller than your typical blackbird.  What really makes the grackle unique is its glossy-iridescent body.  Sadly, this grackle arrived with a broken back, so it had to be euthanized.

A Western screech owl was another rescue.  It was found on a street in Enoch with a concussion.  After only a week of care it was able to fully recover and be returned back to the wild.  Another visitor, a juvenile red-tailed hawk, came in with a concussion after flying into a window at the Cedar City Paiute Council Office Building.  She also was able to recover after a week of care and was returned to the wild.

We unfortunately lost two of our other rescues, one a pretty little crowned sparrow that was caught by a cat and died from its injuries, and an adult male bald eagle that was struck by a car on I-15.  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) rushed the eagle to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, but it had sustained a broken back and had to be euthanized.

The red-tailed hawk that arrived in October with soft tissue damage to its wing was finally able to be released and we are waiting for our applications to be approved for the male kestrel falcon to add him to our education permits.  We had hoped the kestrel would be able to be released, but due to his broken wing feathers not growing back properly, he is unable to be released back into the wild.  However, he is otherwise perfectly healthy and would make an exceptional education bird. 

As some of our followers may be aware, we submit a rehabilitation report of all the animals that come into our care each year.  You may recall that in 2016, we took in a total of 117 animals.  In 2017, we had a total of 152 animals come into our rescue facilities.  Again, we feel blessed that the majority were able to make full recoveries and be returned to the wild.  57 of the animals we rescued were raptors, 87 were other types of birds, 7 were mammals and we had 1 reptile come into our care.  Thank you to everyone who attended any of our releases, watched them on our Youtube channel or Facebook page, those who helped with videography or photography for these events, and all who helped out with the animals rescue and care.

Juvenile red-tailed hawk rescue and release.
As the holidays are normally a busy time for everyone, we did not have too many volunteers working up at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park during December, however we did get quite a few donations and generous gifts from our Amazon Wishlist which we are so grateful for!  We received more than double what we normally make in a month from online donations in December!  Thank you!

As some of you may know, we ordered 250 2018 calendars to be printed this year.  Each year the Southwest Wildlife Foundation puts together a calendar filled with beautiful wildlife photography and educational tidbits to share with our supporters.  We normally have them available for a $10 donation while supplies last.  We were surprised at how quickly we started running out of calendars this year.  We only have a few of our 2018 calendars still available, so if you would like one, you can contact us at or check in at Tyner's Grooming at 491 S Main St. Cedar City, UT 84720 to see how many are still available.  If you need them mailed to you, we do ask for an additional shipping fee to cover that expense.  We will be sure to order more calendars to be printed for 2019! 

Thank you all for your continued support and we are excited to see what 2018 brings!  The following is a letter from our Founder, CEO and Director of Wildlife Services, Martin Tyner.  Beneath the letter there will be a link to our most recent unboxing video of Amazon Wishlist gifts and a video about one of our upcoming projects we are raising funds for!

Happy New Year to all of our Friends at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation!

2017 has been a very busy year. More than 150 wildlife rescues and an equal number of wildlife educational programs. We’ve completed the Information Destination Facility at the Cedar Canyon Nature Park and we are now looking forward to the development of a First Phase Visitors Center and Natural History Museum.

2018 looks like it will also be a very busy and important year for the Wildlife Foundation and for me personally. February 18th will be Susan’s and my 40th wedding anniversary! It’s still hard for me to believe that such a beautiful, kind and wonderful young lady would have not only married me, but stayed with me for the past 40 years. She is truly my best friend and the love of my life.
The month of April will be my 50th anniversary for wildlife rescue. A lifetime of caring for the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife that call Utah, and the western United States home.

I need to send out a special thanks to everyone that has helped us on the development of the Information Destination facility. More than 100 volunteers who have given up their time and supported us financially. We couldn’t have done it without you!

A special thanks to Nicole Shafer who spearheaded the project. Roy Tryon our volunteer architect, who’s skills and vision designed the facility, and donated thousands of hours to its construction. Ben Herring of Terrapeutic and Back to Basics Enterprises who dedicated his equipment, skills and countless hours to the construction, and Roger Thomas of Choice Builders, who brought all the resources from his company to bear that made the project possible.

Again, special thanks to the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, Findlay Subaru of St. George and Subaru of America, Cedar City Corporation, Utah State Recreational Trails Program, The Home Depot, Gilbert Construction, TriMetals and Iron Mountain for their financial and material support for our projects, but most of all I would like to thank you, the friends of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, for all of your letters and emails of encouragement, to everyone who has sent in a donation, a dollar, five dollars, 10 dollars or more, everyone who has gone to Amazon Smile and purchased something from our wish list and had it sent to the SWF. You are truly our Angels that allows the SWF to continue caring for our sick, injured and orphaned wild friends. I will always be grateful for your kindness.

Martin Tyner, Founder & CEO
Amazon Wishlist gift unboxing.
Raptor Critical Care Center and Eagle Flight Cage Project.
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