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CARRI

Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute

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CARRI

Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute

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Our Mission

Part One: Research

  • To study the ecology of birds within the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park, with a special emphasis on hawks and owls. As the institute grows the research will expand throughout the state of Colorado. 
  • To provide information about the species' natural history, abundance, survival and breeding success.
  • To educate and inspire the public about avian conservation by assisting them in  making informed conservation-minded decisions. 
  • To share the findings of the institute with the scientific community and local government agencies and provide tools to them for stewardship.

Part Two: Rehabilitation:

  • To focus on the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wild birds by nurturing and caring for their needs, while retaining their wild instincts, which will in turn enable them to be released back into the wild and remain a part of the viable wild population.

This camera is sponsored in part by Legacy Designs. Visit them at http://www.legancydenver.com/

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We are still in need of $700.00 to help pay for the cost and maintenance of this camera.

*See other CARRI sponsors below.

David Neils, the director of this Telementor Program who introduced us to the process of live streaming video. Thank You David!

David Neils, the director of this Telementor Program who introduced us to the process of live streaming video. Thank You David!


This camera is sponsored in part Joe and Mary Jo Heyen. 

We are still in need of $700.00 to help pay for the cost and maintenance of this camera.



If you would like to sponsor one of our Barn Owl cameras, please click the Donate button above to contact us. Placing these cameras takes knowledge and experience. The total cost for the setup and maintenance of each camera is $1,000.00 per year. We encourage businesses and individuals to help us defray the cost of these cameras. 



**On May 2nd, 2015, the first Barn Owl egg hatched and we could see the egg shell at 11:13 a.m.  She was sitting very close to the camera, so determining the exact time of the hatching was difficult. The rest of the eggs should hatch in roughly, two day intervals.  May 3rd the second owlet appeared. It began peeping from the egg at about 1:15 p.m., and finished exiting the shell at about 6:30 p.m. It was hard to get an exact time due to the female owl having her back to the camera.  The fourth egg hatched on May 7th about 11:00 p.m.

On April 22 2015, Director of CARRI, Scott Rashid and CARRI volunteer Debra Sherrill, checked all of  the CARRI's Barn Owl nest boxes and found that 6 out of the 10 boxes are active with families of Barn Owls.  This year the CARRI Barn Owl Nest Box Project could conceivable produce more than 50 baby Barn Owls!

In 2014,  members of CARRI had built and erected 10 nest boxes for Barn Owls. That year, a pair of Barn Owls nested in a nest box that was placed on a private residence outside of Lafayette, Colorado. Last year the Barn Owls moved in on May 8th. The female laid 10 eggs, however, only 7 owlets fledges. 

  With the help of Thomas Anderson and David Neils, a larger nest box was constructed and replaced the smaller one. The hope was that if a pair of owls returned, they would have enough room to successfully fledge all of the owlets. 

In mid-March 2015, the larger nest box was erected and a camera placed inside. On March 20th, a male Barn Owl was seen inside the box with his soon to be spouse, arriving inside the box the following evening.

The female Barn Owl laid her first egg on about 5:00 a.m. on  March 31st.

About CARRI

In 2014, we monitored 2 Northern Goshawk nests, a Northern Pygmy-Owl nest and the above mentioned Barn Owl nest. We also rehabilitate  birds that are brought to the institute for care.  Next year,  in 2015 CARRI has three major areas that are in need of funding; 1) Research,  2) Education and  3) Rehabilitation.

1) Research: We would like to purchase the materials for, construct and place 10 more Barn Owl nest boxes, 10 Great Horned Owl nest structures, 10 Eastern Screech Owl nest boxes and 10 American Kestrel boxes, placing cameras inside as many as we have a wifi connection for. We would like to find individuals and corporations willing to fund such projects. We would place nest boxes on or near private structures such as garages, barns etc. as well as large office buildings enabling CARRI and the public to learn more about these species as well as enabling the birds to do what they do best, which is to create natural pest control for the environment.

2) Education: We are very interested in educating young people and adults about the importance of  conserving habitat for birds. By talking to grade school, middle school and high school students as well as conservation groups, we can work with them to construct and place nest boxes and platforms for raptors and songbirds such as bluebirds, wrens and swallows.

3) Rehabilitation: CARRI's other major focus is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds. Each year CARRI receives numerous birds that need care. Some are found on the ground and assumed to be orphaned. Others have injuries ranging from minor scrapes to major trauma. This care often takes several months and is quite costly. Your generous donations will aid in the care of these birds and their release back into the wild.

CARRI works locally with Law Enforcement, Animal Control and Colorado Parks & Wildlife, in the recovery, rehabilitation and release of injured birds. 

From the Estes Park News...

On Wednesday, May 5, it was discovered that a male osprey had gotten tangled in what looked like a leash used in nesting material at the Lake Estes Power Plant. A passerby called local bird rehabilitator and director of CARRI, Scott Rashid, at 5:30 a.m. alerting him of this bird in distress.

The osprey was hanging by one foot, flailing about, unable to free himself. Scott notified Rick Spowart of Colorado Parks & Wildlife and the two came up with a plan to get a bucket truck to get up to the bird to try to free him and get him medical treatment. After several hours, getting clearance and making sure the power lines were safe for rescuers, the bucket truck was readied and Scott went up with a power plant employee and he was able to free the bird. They brought him down and took him to the Animal Medical Center for some fluids and an evaluation before taking him to Birds of Prey Foundation in Broomfield.

Above are a series of photos taken by Mr. Joe Heyen during the dramatic Osprey rescue at the Estes Park Power plant on  May 5th 2015. The plan going forward is to raise funding through CARRI to construct and erect a nesting platform for any Ospreys that choose to nest near Lake Estes.  The Power Company has since taken down the Osprey Nest. The last photo is of the framework where the nest use to be.