Carrie Laxson, Rehabilitation Assistant
Hailing from Anchorage AK, Carrie grew up exploring the great expanses of wilderness located a step out her back door. She is an avid outdoors woman and has led numerous backpacking expeditions and participated in multiple International Search and Rescue Conferences. In 2010 Carrie earned her B.A. in Biology from Whitman College after completing extensive research on physiological adaptations of sharks to the deep ocean. She presented her research findings at the 12th Deep-sea Biology Symposium in Iceland and published her work soon after moving to Colorado.
In Fort Collins, Carrie took continuing education, graduate-level courses at CSU in animal anatomy and physiology. She was hired by the Larimer Humane Society to work in their wildlife rehabilitation department, where she cared for native mammals, reptiles, and (non-raptor) bird species. In 2012 she was introduced to the wonderful world of raptors when she joined RMRP’s volunteer team. Carrie was hired as a rehabilitation staff member in 2014. She co-taught the necropsy workshop at the 2019 International Raptor Research Foundation Conference and has worked with the rehabilitation team to develop in-depth training modules for the volunteer and internship programs. Carrie is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator in the state of Colorado.
Carrie is responsible for the daily oversight and rehabilitative care of the raptors. She manages the training and supervision of rehabilitation volunteers and interns, performs necropsies, assists in research projects, maintains the enclosures and facility, procures food supplies, coordinates rescues, and triages incoming patients. Carrie remains active with the educational program at the RMRP, caring for and training some of the educational ambassadors.
In her free time, Carrie is a passionate mountain biker, runner, hiker, backpacker, climber, and skier.
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program
- Fully trained educational raptor handler
- Fully trained in care of raptors under rehabilitation