Releasing Grebes Back To The Wild

Published on Dec. 15, 2011 Releasing eared grebes into Quail Lake after they crash landed during a snow storm in Cedar City, Utah Dec 13th, 2011. Martin Tyner, founder & CEO of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation was among the volunteer rescuer's that cared for and released thousands of wild migratory birds that were grounded by the snow storm. The grebes can only take off from water and mistook parking lots, roads and freeways as lakes and rivers; landing on what they thought was the safety of water but in fact was asphalt. Phone calls started coming in shortly after 10 p.m. on December 12th and continued throughout the night and the next few days as people were directed to where the birds could be dropped off for examination and transportation to lakes in Hurricane and St. George areas that were not frozen over. Many birds were injured during crash landing and many others were killed by snow plows. Fortunately, the combined efforts of Southwest Wildlife Foundation, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the citizens of Southern Utah have saved over 3000 grebes so far.