In The Desert
March. 5th 2011
SWF, Cedar City, Utah
Martin & Susan Tyner
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Caring for sick, injured and orphaned native Utah wildlife and restoring them to health and returning them to the wild is the primary goal of Martin & Susan Tyner, but for those that cannot be released due to disabilities, they have a new Nature Center that will provide them with a permanent home in a natural setting while enhancing your educational experience when visiting the park. The release of this Eagle is just one instance in a long list of successful rehabilitations and releases for the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.
We support this non profit 501 c 3 organization and it's members! If you'd like to help support their goals visit their site HERE to contribute to this amazing organization.
The staff of in the desert promotes and supports the work of Martin & Susan Tyner.
Eagle Release Video
Parowan Gap, Utah
Martin Tyner, pictured here with the eagle that was rehabilitated and released at the Parowan Gap. Martin and his wife Susan are fanatical wildlife rescuers from Cedar City, Utah. The Southwest Wildlife Foundation has recieved a donation of 22.6 acres of beautiful canyon property near Cedar City, Utah for the care of injured birds and animals that cannot be returned to the wild. His work is ongoing. See his biography and web site above for more info.
The Eagle was suffering from hypothermia and it's lungs were full of water.
Beautiful Parowan Gap, located just 16 miles northwest of Cedar City, Utah. This area is noted for it's wildlife and Native American petroglyphs. This area is administered by the BLM and off road travel is limited. Enjoy the petroglyphs and please don't vandalize the area.
Soon we'll have a new daytrip listed on the area with photos of the petroglyphs.
The turnout for the release was greater than expected with over 200 people attending. Military personnel and Iron County Sheriff's deputies were also in attendance. Everyone wanted photos and videos of the Eagle.
Amongst the crowd and joining in the ceremonies was (red arrow) Ray Makar who found the Eagle in Baker Reservoir just 3.5 miles northwest of Cedar City, Utah on Dec. 15th. Ray and his dog Maker were lucky enough to get the drowned bird out of the reservoir and cover it with a blanket. They then called the sheriff and Fish and Game who got ahold of Martin Tyner to rescue the Eagle.
Captain Charles Brad Triplett of the National Guard was on hand to help with the release. The actuall release was performed by Weslie Porter also of the National Guard. These military men are going back to Iraq shortly for another tour.
Also on hand was Travis Parashonts (with the yellow windbreaker) a Native American spiritual leader who performed a blessing and prayer before the release.
Travis is a Navajo and is recognized as a historian by the local Piute Indian tribe.
Martin Tyner is explaining how the Eagle was found, rehabilitated and how the release was going to be handled. You'll notice that the Eagle is very relaxed and trusts Martin. This Eagle is 4 or 5 years old and is a really large bird!
Martin is about to hand the Eagle over to Weslie Porter to release him. This is a great area for the Eagle to be released in as it's full of wildlife, prairie dogs, rabbits and grouse live here in the Gap. This area is considered sacred by the Native Americans.
And here is the great ending for this magnificent bird. May he live a long life!
Linda shot most of this video of the Eagle's release and preceding ceremonies. Another great triumph for the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.
Please don't hesitate to visit the Foundation's web site and if your local to this area you may be able to help Martin and his wife with the events they have during the year. They also have a new book for sale HERE called Healer of Angels.