Rocky Mountain Raptor Program – BIRDS OF PREY COURSE

All bird lovers will enjoy the Birds of Prey class presented by the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program.

The class is held on the first three Saturdays of November. RMRP Executive Director Judy Scherpelz has taught the class for 21 years. “I present the class with explanations to match all interest levels,” Scherpelz said. “The more you know about birds and their environment, the more enjoyment you will get from watching them in their natural surroundings.”

Session One: November 1st - Why Birds Are Cool – Examines birds inside and out to understand why they do what they do and how to interpret what you see in the wild - in an informal and entertaining manner. Courtship, breeding, population trends, migration, and environmental issues will be discussed.

Session Two: November 8th – Is That A Falcon Or A Hawk? – Explores individual species habitats and identification of hawks (buteos and accipiters), falcons, harriers, eagles, and owls. Photographs and live raptors will help participants identify Colorado’s raptors.

Session Three: November 15thWow! I Thought I Saw An Eagle! – Features a raptor-watching field trip covering a variety of nesting habitats throughout northern Colorado. Trip focuses on how and where to observe birds of prey and field identification of birds in local areas.

The first two sessions involve the program's nonreleasable education ambassador raptors to help participants understand the differences among the various species. So you get to see many raptors up close and personal!

Cost: $60 per class, $160 for all three classes. Fees help RMRP save lives through rehabilitation and release, and change lives through environmental education.

Classes held at Rocky Mountain Raptor Program – 720 East Vine Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado

When: November 2, 9, and 16, 9am to 5pm.

Download the registration form here: BirdsofPreyRegistration
To register by phone or email, call 970-484-7756 or email

Cost of the class is $60 per session or $160 for all three sessions. All fees will help support the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, The class will be held at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program facility at 720 B East Vine Drive in Fort Collins. For additional information or to register, please call 970-484- 7756.



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