May 13 Open House at Colorado State University’s Rocky Mountain Raptor Program Displays Beauty, Independence of Birds of Prey

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Colorado State University’s Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 13. The family-oriented event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Visitors can tour the center, located behind Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 300 W. Drake Road, and learn about the center’s work with injured birds of prey.

The staff, which consists almost entirely of volunteers, will be on hand with a variety of non-releasable (permanently injured) birds, available for adoption through the Adopt-a-Raptor Program.

Visitors can learn all about the behavior and characteristics of these birds, and get up-close-and-personal with a golden eagle, a bald eagle, a great horned owl and a peregrine falcon. The staff will discuss sharing the environment with birds of prey and the rehabilitation, education and construction programs of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center.

Raptor gift items, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, zoo books for kids, hand-crafted jewelry and specially designed note cards, will be available at the center’s gift shop.

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program began in 1979 as an effort by Colorado State veterinary students to treat injured birds of prey. Today, the RMRP is an organization that links community and university efforts dedicated to providing medical care and rehabilitation to injured birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and the open house, call (970) 491-0398.