All bird lovers will enjoy the Birds of Prey class taught by RMRP Director, Judy Scherpelz.
“I present the class with explanations to reach all interest levels. The more you know about birds and their environment, the more enjoyment you will get in watching them in their natural surroundings.”
The 2017 Birds of Prey class offers an enjoyable learning experience for all students. The series of classes begins in September and runs through November. Five classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the sixth day is a field trip to explore Northern Colorado to practice your newly learned raptor identification skills. You can take the whole series or just individual classes. For the best learning experience, we recommend the whole series.
Session 1 - September 16, 2017. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Why Birds are Cool!
Examines bird anatomy and physiology and why they do what they do. Courtship, breeding, population trends, migration, and environmental issues will be discussed.
Session 2 - September 23, 2017. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Why They Do That Thing They Do.
Covers behaviors and how the different species of raptors respond to breeding and migration pressures, weather, territorial protection, hunting, defense and much more.
Session 3 – October 7, 2017. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Is that an Eagle or a Hawk?
Explores individual species habitats and identification of hawks (buteos and accipiters), vulture, and eagles. Photographs and live raptors will help participants identify Colorado’s raptors.
Session 4 – October 21, 2017. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Falcons, Harriers, Osprey and Kites, Oh My!
This class focuses on individual species habitats and identification of Colorado falcons and other raptor misfits. Photographs and live raptors will help to learn identification.
Session 5 - November 4, 2017. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Owls!
Explores individual species habitats and identification of Colorado owls. Photographs and live raptors will help participants identify the 13 species of owls found in Colorado
Session 6 - November 18, 2017. 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.: Field Trip
Features a raptor-watching field trip covering a variety of nesting habitats throughout northern Colorado. Trip focuses on how and where to ethically observe birds of prey and field identification of birds in local areas.
Fees are $60 per class or $300 for all six classes.
All sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will be held at 720-B East Vine Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado. Coffee, water and light snacks will be available. We suggest you bring a sack lunch. Live raptors will be present for parts of each class.