Bird lovers of all ages and expertise are encouraged to participate in the Birds of Prey class presented by the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Watchable Wildlife Program. The class, held in Room 221 at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 300 W. Drake Road, runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6, 13 and 20.
The class, taught by Judy Scherpelz, director of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, is open to all members in the community and is geared toward those who are committed to bird watching as well as people who are new to the bird world.
The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program is dedicated to providing medical care, rehabilitation and release for injured birds of prey. The educational presentations are designed to promote the value of raptors, wildlife, conservation and environmental awareness, and to teach in ways in which the public can become involved.
"I present the class with simple explanations to accommodate all interest levels," Scherpelz said. "The more you know about birds and their environment, the more enjoyment you will get out of watching them in their natural surroundings."
Scherpelz has been teaching the class for 14 years and says that it continues to grow because people want to learn more.
Session one on Nov. 6 will include "Why Birds are Cool." Lectures and demonstrations will be presented on the anatomy and physiology of birds of prey, courtship and breeding, population trends, migration and environmental issues.
Session two on Nov. 13 will address "What Bird was That?" The class will study the habits of individual species in Colorado. Slide shows and live bird demonstrations will be used to identify hawks, falcons, eagles and owls.
Session three on Nov. 20, titled "Hey, I saw an Eagle!" will be a field trip to a variety of habitats throughout northern Colorado. The class will concentrate on how and where to observe birds of prey, field identification of birds and birds of interest. Session one or two must be attended to participate in session three.
Cost of each session is $50, or $125 for three sessions. All fees will help support the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program.
Registration deadline is Nov.1. For more information or to register, call (970) 297-0398.