Founded in 1987, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program grew out of a student club at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary School and 31 years later, we have become a nationally recognized non-profit that rehabilitates over 300 injured raptors annually. We succeed in releasing around 75-80% of treatable cases, and provide hundreds of formal and informal educational events annually, as well as contributing knowledge and data to a variety of research projects. We have cultivated our mission to inspire the protection and appreciation of raptors and the spaces where they live through excellence in rehabilitation, education and research. Our small but mighty staff, the team of veterinary experts at CSU, as well as our community-based, specially trained volunteers provide all aspects of raptor care. Our efforts range from compassionate and science-based rehabilitative care to conducting studies and contributing data to scientific research, but also playing a vital role in community education through outreach that provides learning and hands-on activities about raptor species and the need for a healthy, balanced environment.
Over the years, the need for our services has vastly grown. We service northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, a rescue area larger than the size of Texas. We have a 24/7 emergency on-call service in order to respond to raptors in need, no matter what the hour. We work closely with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and Wyoming Game and Fish to reach those birds of prey in need in a timely and efficient manner. Working with CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we have access to top-notch doctors, ground-breaking technology and aid in teaching future generations of veterinarians to develop the skill to help properly rehabilitate injured raptors.
We know that the future of these amazing indicator species is dependent upon inspiring people to care and also to take action to preserve them and the habitats in which they live. Since our small beginnings, we have reached over 17 million people with our message of conservation, preservation, and protection. Stimulating minds, inspiring change, and protecting raptors begins with the effort each of us make every day. We care for and utilize 21 permanently disabled Educational Ambassador raptors that help to spark the fire in hearts and minds at over 250 education presentation and community events annually.
We are dedicated to the beauty, majesty and protection of the raptors of the Rocky Mountains and the world. One raptor, one person, one day at a time. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program at www.rmrp.org.
Local Conference Committee Chair: Carin Avila, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, [email protected]
EDM International is a employee-owned engineering firm with a specialty in avian interactions with electrical infrastructures. EDM works world-wide to understand and prevent negative impacts to biodiversity and productivity resulting from wildlife interactions with power lines, substations, and other industrial infrastructure. We accomplish these goals through rapid responses to developing and ongoing electrocution and collision issues. Our responses include raptor banding studies, avian Risk Assessments, Avian Protection Plan development, GIS analyses, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) data collection analyses, and mitigation actions. Several of our staff are current or past board members of RRF. Learn more about EDM at www.edmlink.com.