Unlike Santa, birds of prey fly every day (and in some cases, night) of the winter season.
Colorado State University’s Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will hold its winter open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 12 at its facilities north of the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road.
Nonreleaseable (permanently injured) birds on display will include a bald eagle, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, merlin, great horned owl, saw-whet owl, red-tailed hawk and others. The birds, available for adoption, participate in educational programs in schools on raptors, their environment, their interactions with humans and how volunteers can help.
Visitors can tour the center and learn more about the volunteer staff’s work with injured birds of prey.
Information on the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program’s volunteer program, environmental education presentations and public outreach exhibits is available. Many raptor gift items for holiday shopping are available through the Raptor Gift Shop.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information on the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program open house, call (970) 491-0398.