Rocky Mountain Raptor Program to Hold Open House May 17

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will hold an open house May 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to acquaint visitors with the center’s work with injured birds of prey.

The open house, free and open to the public, will be held at the program’s facility north of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road in Fort Collins.

Activities will include a tour of the center, opportunities to talk with program volunteers and learn more about volunteer opportunities, information on environmental education presentations and outreach opportunities and the Adopt-A-Raptor program.

Visitors can also meet permanently injured birds who reside at the center, including a bald eagle, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, northern goshawk, merlin, long-eared owl, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl and others.

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, operated largely by volunteers, takes in injured birds of prey and, with the services of Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, attempts to rehabilitate birds and release them into the wild. Non-releasable birds serve as role models for fledglings and younger birds who are released.

The center’s Raptor Gift Shop will be open and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the open house, call (970) 491-0398.