Visitors Can Enjoy Tours, Refreshments and Gift Shopping During Rocky Mountain Raptor Center’s Holiday Open House (2000)

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will host a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17. Families can enjoy a tour of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, meet nonreleasable (permanently injured) birds available for adoption through the Adopt-a-Raptor Program and learn more about the center’s work to rehabilitate and protect injured birds of prey.

Weather permitting, a rehabilitated American Kestrel will be returned to the wild at 1 p.m.

Many of the center’s permanent birds of prey will be on display, including a bald eagle, golden eagle, great horned owl and peregrine falcon. Visitors can talk to volunteers and learn about the volunteer program, construction projects, environmental education presentations and public outreach exhibits.

The Raptor Gift Shop will offer numerous holiday gift items including special holiday cards featuring color portrait shots of the Raptor Program’s educational ambassador birds.

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program is located behind Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 300 West Drake Road in Fort Collins. For more information, call (970) 491-0398.