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Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

October 6th, 2014 · 4 Comments

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While Sharon and I went to Fort Collins to get out in nature, as I wrote in my previous post, after we hiked the Environmental Learning Center’s Wilcox Trail, we finished near the public facility of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. ​This is the northern Colorado program for ​the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured birds of prey.

While its main raptor rehabilitation center isn’t open to the public, its Environmental Learning Center​ at ​2400 Ziegler R​oad in​ Fort Collins​ is open ​and free to the public ​during daylight hours​. At this center are the birds who need our continuing care. We were able to get close to the birds there who serve as “educational ambassadors.” While I have seen birds of all of these species in the wild, seeing them just a few feet away was educational for me too.

The raptor that we see the most often in Colorado is the Red-tailed Hawk. Through illness this one has lost its fear of humans, not a healthy thing for it.

​This Hawk Got As Close to Me As It Could

This Hawk Got As Close to Me As It Could

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​The Golden Eagle is one of the least common raptors.

​​Now I See How This Eagle Got Its Name

Now I See How This Eagle Got Its Name

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The Bald Eagle has been the official bird of my country since 1782. Our flag has been red, white, and blue since 1777. I really don’t know how these colors got in this photograph, but it does seem appropriate.

​A Patriotic Bird of Prey

A Patriotic Bird of Prey

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Trevor Young // Oct 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for the beautiful photos. I appreciate the diabetes info and the pictures are a nice bonus. Start searching the stores for camel milk tomorrow haha!

    Trevor Young
    Coffs Harbour

  • 2 David Mendosa // Oct 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Trevor,

    I appreciate your comments! And good luck in finding camel milk in Coffs Harbour.


  • 3 Shelley // Nov 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    WOW! What a shot of that eagle eye! That’s what you have, David, when you take your beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy them all!!


  • 4 David Mendosa // Nov 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Dear Shelley,

    Thank you! It’s so nice that you keep in touch. Whenever you return to Boulder please look me up.

    With metta,