Colorado State’s Rocky Mountain Raptor Program Hosts Open House

The public is invited to learn about birds of prey and volunteer opportunities at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program’s spring open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18.

Staff and volunteers will offer tours of the center as well as provide opportunities for visitors to meet injured birds of prey available for adoption through the Adopt-a-Raptor Program. The program helps cover medical and food costs of caring for birds that cannot be released back into the wild because of injuries.

Birds on display will include a bald eagle, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, northern goshawk, merlin, long-eared owl, red- tailed hawk, great horned owl and many others.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to talk with raptor program staff about the many volunteer opportunities at the center and learn about other services the program provides, such as environmental education presentations and public exhibits. Refreshments will be served.

"This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about birds of prey, our environment, and what you can do to make a difference," said Judy Scherpelz, program director.

The raptor program is located in Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital complex, 300 W. Drake Road. The program is a self-sufficient volunteer effort that provides medical care and rehabilitation to injured birds of prey and offers environmental education programs to the public. In 1996, about 150 volunteers helped treat 160 injured birds of prey. About 50 percent of those birds were returned to the wild. Through its educational efforts, the raptor program in 1996 reached nearly 10,000 students in 55 Colorado schools.

For information on the open house or the raptor program, call (970) 491-0398.