The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (RMRP) started in 1979 as a veterinary student club rehabilitating a few injured raptors each year. From the first hawk cared for that year, 6,000 raptors have followed.

In 1987, the RMRP hired its first and current director, Judy Scherpelz.

The RMRP became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2004. In 2005, in response to a need for more space, the RMRP purchased a 27-acre parcel of open space on East Vine Drive, north of downtown Fort Collins.

In 2006, the program built three major cage enclosures and leased a building at 720 East Vine Drive, which it occupied in January 2007. This temporary 8,000-square foot facility was a former woodworking shop and bottling plant. It continues to serve as our center of operations while we plan our future permanent facility.