Animal related


A Second Chance At Freedom

Fort Collins, CO


The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program inspires the protection and appreciation of raptors and the spaces where they live through excellence in rehabilitation, education and research.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Carin Avila

Main Address

2519 S Shields Street #115

Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA


Colorado, Nonprofit, Raptors, Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Vultures, Rehabilitation, Environmental, Education, Research, Bird, Bird of Prey, Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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We strive to make a difference in the lives of raptors that are injured in our service area. In particular in along the front range of Northern Colorado where the population is booming. As there is more development for homes, businesses as well as energy development, that results in habitat loss and fragmentation for wildlife. Nearly 300 individual raptors are injured annually and are in need of our rehabilitative services. We also see a growing need for education for our communities as humans are less connected to nature than ever before. Education is the route of conservation. By teaching, people understand the beauty, importance and need to protect wild things and wild spaces in our natural world. Understanding purpose of wildlife and the spaces that they inhabit is important but also understanding the impact both positive and negative that humans have on our ecosystems is key. Our research component is also important to make a tangible change in the world and future.

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Rescue & Rehabilitation Program

Research Department

Educational Program

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1: To provide care for every injured raptor that comes to us, giving them "A Second Chance at Freedom" in the wild.
2: To provide public education programs that promote appreciation and preservation of wildlife and wilderness resources.
3: To operate a volunteer program that facilitates, sustains, and helps expand RMRP activities.
4: Be financially self-sufficient, developing sources of earned income and charitable contributions to maintain an operations budget of approximately $500,000.
5: Stay abreast of and share best practices in rehabilitation and education techniques.
6: Work with state and federal agencies and energy/development companies to devise solutions to natural and manmade impacts that threaten raptor populations.

We aim to:
1) Properly screen all cases prior to a rescue to avoid admitting a bird that is better left in the wild. For example, fledgling birds may appear to be injured or need help, when they need to be left alone so they can learn to fly on their own. When we receive a call about an injured bird, we question the calling party about the circumstances surrounding the bird in question, and we frequently send a staff member to observe the bird to determine if it is healthy, if parents are in attendance, etc.

2) Investigate the cause of injury, when possible, and follow up to prevent similar problems. For example, when a bird is admitted with an electric shock injury, we follow up with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and the power company to retrofit power poles in that area to avoid electrocution hazards. We also follow up with oiling cases, wind farm strikes, poisonings, illegal shootings, and trapping, etc.

3) Provide the highest quality care for each injured bird to ensure that they heal quickly, spend the shortest amount of time in captivity, and have the highest possible chance of success upon release. Birds are housed according to their behavioral/social needs; for example, downy young great horned owls are placed with adult foster parents who feed and brood them, helping to prevent imprinting on humans. After birds recover from their injuries, they then go through reconditioning in spacious flight cages to ensure that they can fly, locate and kill prey, and perform the physical tasks that are necessary for a life in the wild. They are evaluated by trained staff, and release back to the wild is planned to ensure the proper habitat, time of year, weather, and other environmental conditions to give the bird the best possible chance of survival.

This regimen requires intensive oversight by our rehabilitation staff, monitoring the progress of each bird in our care, adjusting therapies, caging, etc. as needed. We currently release approximately 80% of treatable birds (those that survive the first 24-48 hours) and are striving to increase that percentage to 90%.

4) Contribute to ongoing studies on West Nile Virus to better understand (and mitigate, when possible) the effects of this disease on wildlife populations.

Attaining these “solutions" will help to increase the numbers of birds that remain in the wild and are returned to the wild, and help to decrease population threats to raptors.

The RMRP has 30 years of history and has highly qualified staff members with extensive experience in raptor care. Our relationship with Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital gives us access to outstanding diagnostics and medical procedures. Our relationships with state and federal agencies such as Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Center for Disease Control helps us in our ongoing research in areas such as West Nile Virus. We work closely with energy development companies to develop procedures and methodology to prevent injuries such as electrocution or burns from methane burners. Our raptor enclosures are extensive and well-designed to promote healing and reconditioning in all raptor species.

We have several measures of progress. We know that we are making an impact in educating children based on the continually increasing numbers of requests for educational programs, and in the increasing numbers of volunteers and supporters who were first introduced to the RMRP through educational programs. An increase in requests for support of energy development activities shows us that more and more of these companies realize that they have serious wildlife issues to address, and they realize that they can call us for help in addressing them. Band returns from released birds gives us good information about the success of our rehabilitation regimes, and helps us make modifications as needed.

We have made excellent progress in educating children of our community. Currently, our limiting factor to reaching more children is a lack of resources (especially personnel) in our Education Department. We have worked closely with companies in the electrical production and transmission industry, testing raptor exclusion devices - we see the successful devices being used on local power lines. We are just starting a relationship with the oil and gas industry, with requests to educate workers in these fields in proper response to human-wildlife conflicts. We hope this area continues to grow since eastern Colorado and southern Wyoming have extensive energy development issues. Our rehabilitation techniques continue to improve, as we refine the treatment of specific injuries and diseases. Our limiting factor is lack of highly skilled personnel on staff. We also have our sights set on opening a wildlife and nature center that will provide a location for learning as well as offer a state of the art facility for continuing our rehabilitation of raptor species.

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