In The Desert
Golden Eagle Release
May. 15th, 2011
Cedar City, Utah
Another triumph for SWF!
Martin and Susan Tyner of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation have successfully rehabilitated a full grown female Golden Eagle and released her in the desert.
Content including photographs are Copyright © 2011 - Don & Linda Gilmore
Here's a quote from Martin Tyner's last email that explains exactly how he feels about these beautiful wild animals:
"When an eagle dies; when an eagle is so severely injured that it's wings will never again touch the sky; when the only thing that I can offer the eagle is a release from it's pain and suffering. I find myself looking up into the sky and seeing empty space where an eagle once soared. That qualifies as a bad day.
Left to Right -- Police Chief Bob Allinson, Susan Tyner, Martin Tyner. The police chief, Bob Allinson will release the golden eagle in honor of all the law enforcement officers that have given their lives, and the officers that work everyday to ensure our safety.
This is a full grown female Golden Eagle. If you've never seen one this close then you should really go to one of these releases. The size of these animals is amazing. This one has a 6 ft. wing span. There was a large group of people here for the release.
Martin is turning the eagle over to Bob Allinson , Cedar City Police Chief, for the release. The golden eagle definitely has his attention here!
The hood is to keep the eagle from getting stressed. She was found by Kirk Bailey on Minersville Road (Rt. 130), who immediately called Martin Tyner to come and rescue the bird. She had a concussion and spent 1 1/2 months in Martin's care. She was hit by a vehicle, which Martin says is one of the chief causes of injuries to these large birds.
Free to go back to her wild life in the mountains and prairies of the area. The C overlook is often used by the SWF as a release point for these birds. Keep up with these releases on their WEB SITE.
Martin is removing the hood, getting ready for the release. Everyone is anxious for this moment. This golden eagle weighed in at 11 lbs. You know what a 10 lb. bag of sugar feels like so you can imagine how big this bird of prey is!
Photo courtesy of Susan Tyner
Here is a short video of the proceedings before the release.
On the way up to the C overlook on Right Hand Canyon Road you might want to keep an eye open for other wildlife that lives here. We saw this small herd of deer on the way down.
This is Right Hand Creek. It runs down off of Cedar Mountain on it's way to join up with Coal Creek. This whole area is worth the trip up the mountain. Very scenic!
Martin Tyner spends hours of his time wtih the rehabilition of wildlife in the desert southwest. Please consider helping with a donation, it will go the rehabilition of these fine creatures. And don't miss the next release!