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.
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.
Eastern Screech Owl - Admitted 2009
In 2007, this Eastern Screech Owl suffered an impact injury that broke his upper beak (creating a misalignment) and affected his vision in both eyes. He was in adult plumage when injured so we don’t know his age. He became a part of the RMRP educational program in 2009 when he was transferred to RMRP from Auburn Alabama University's Raptor Center. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
Common Barn Owl - Admitted 2000
With his white chest and heart-shaped facial disk, our educational Common Barn Owl is an eye-catching sight at exhibits and programs. He came to the RMRP in 2000 with a shattered right humerus (upper wing bone) after being found alongside a roadway north of Fort Collins. Although the bone healed, the extent of the damage to the bone doesn’t allow him to have the range of motion he needs to fly. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.
In August of 1997, this hawk was found in Cheyenne, WY as an immature bird. He was admitted to our facility with severe head trauma and permanent damage to his left eye and ear. His injuries were probably caused when he collided with a vehicle. Because of the vision deficit in the left eye, this hawk is unable to hunt well enough to be released. The eye has since deflated. To read more about this bird, please click full biography.