Tour explores winter raptors on the prairie

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will host its fifth annual winter raptor tour to the Colorado grasslands in February.

The Winter Raptors on the Prairie Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15. Participants will meet at RMBO’s Fort Collins office located at 230 Cherry St. From there, they will take a van to the grasslands for the tour with RMBO biologists and staff from Wild Birds Unlimited – Fort Collins.

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Cost is $30 per person or $25 for RMBO members, students and WBU Daily Savings Club members, which includes van transportation.

Winter is an excellent time to view an abundance and diversity of raptors on the prairie. During the tour, participants will view raptors, gain tips on raptor identification and meet other birders.

“Hawks soaring against the vivid blue of Colorado’s winter sky are an amazing sight,” Outreach Biologist Jeff Birek said. “It’s a fun event, and people are always surprised by how many different raptors we see. This trip can help spawn a lifelong passion for raptors.”

Participants should register by Feb. 13 by contacting Birek at or 970-482-1707 ext. 25. Early registration is recommended as this tour typically fills quickly.

Founded in 1988, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is a Colorado-based nonprofit that works to conserve birds and their habitats in the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and Mexico through science, education and stewardship.