Educational Ambassadors are birds who have come into the center with injuries too severe to be released into the wild. These are very special birds that have shown us they can be around humans without being too frightened. It is not every bird that can handle this. The RMRP evaluates each potential educational ambassador candidate carefully to make sure they will have a good quality of life during their time in captivity. Their well-being is paramount.
They spend their days as "teaching assistants," teaching thousands of people a year about raptors. Educational Ambassadors travel to schools, libraries, community events and more to share their stories and inspire the community. Check back weekly as we feature a new Educational Ambassador on this page every Wednesday.
Our female Swainson's Hawk, who has been with us since 1991, is nearly royalty. She came to us after being found on the ground in Arapaho Wildlife Refuge near Waldon, CO, as a first year bird. Most likely she had been hit by a car. She sustained a fracture of the right metacarpus (wrist and hand areas) and had a head tilt (known as torticollis). Through rehabilitation, the head tilt resolved. Unfortunately the fracture in her metacarpus left her non-flighted. To read more about this bird please, please click full biography.
This educational female American Kestrel has always had a feisty falcon spirit. When she came into the RMRP in June 2004, she had a fractured right radius-ulna in her wing. Even after surgery, her wing did not heal in the proper position for her to be able to fly. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
When she came to the RMRP in 2007, she was suffering from head trauma after an impact injury (probably a car). Like most birds, this small falcon was no match for the vehicle. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
Our educational male American Kestrel is smaller than most males. This is because he contracted West Nile Virus when he was still in the nest in 2012. This caused stunting of his growth and residual neurological issues that make it so he is not able to recognize prey in the wild. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
Beautiful, Bold, Boisterous? Yes, all of these are words that can be used to describe the RMRP’s educational Bald Eagle. Many Fort Collins residents have come to know this bird who has been in residence at the CSU Environmental Learning Center for a decade. She has been known to chortle (a loud vocalization) at her caretakers and people that visit her regularly. Nothing sounds as beautiful as a Bald Eagle greeting in the morning. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
This bird came to the RMRP in 2012 after he was witnessed falling out of a tree in Casper, Wyoming. When he arrived at the center, he was close to death. He was unable to move his legs or see, was very lethargic, and seemed close to death. Each day, with supportive care, he became stronger and began slowly recovering from his head trauma. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
This Golden Eagle occupies a place of honor within the RMRP. As our first educational eagle, he has taught the staff, volunteers, and supporters of our program about strength and dignity. He was found in December 1987 near Red Feather Lakes, CO, by a group of hunters on horseback who came across a deer carcass that many raptors were feeding on. As the hunters approached, all but this eagle flew away. He wasn’t able to fly because he was missing the outer tip of his left wing. To read more about this bird, please click full biography