Meet a hawk on Mother's Day at Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

Mother’s Day is a perfect day to meet a hawk, question an owl or visit with a falcon.

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program is celebrating mothers, spring and the “baby season” with an open house slated for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 11.

Visitors will learn how approximately 300 feathered friends receive care so that many of them can return to the skies, and how foster parents raise orphans. Educational raptors, live birds that must remain in captivity, will be on display to offer an up close and natural experience.

“This is a great event for families, so bring the kids,” encourages Judy Scherpelz, RMRP executive director. “Many of our volunteers and staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Our gift shop will be open and we’ll have a wish list for anyone wishing to purchase a baby shower present for our very young raptors. We always need volunteers, and we can show you how to get involved with our organization.”

The RMRP facility is located at 720 E. Vine Drive in Fort Collins, one mile north of Mulberry Street, about halfway between College and Lemay avenues. In addition to caring for injured birds of prey, the program conducts an extensive wildlife preservation and education program. Six staff members and over 140 active volunteers carry out its work.

For more information, call 970-484-7756, email [email protected] or visit

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