This video was created by Mr. Tom Bradley. It is the story about our director Scott Rashid and how he became interested in birds.
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.
- Below are just some of the injured birds that we received in 2015. The Northern Pygmy-Owl was found on a road unable to fly. The Great Horned Owl had a broken leg, the Sharp-shinned Hawk crashed into a window and the magpie had a bruised wing.
On March 12th our director Scott Rashid was interviewed for an upcoming episode of Hittin the Road. The program is produced by Adventure Quest and will be on PBS in a few weeks.
Northern Pygmy-Owls are on territory and have begun vocalizing. We have already located three active territories and hope to have several active nests this season.
Northern Pygmy-Owls are about 7 inches from head to tail, making them one of the smaller owls in North America. However, these tiny owls don't seem to know that they are so small. In fact they often capture, kill and carry off birds and animals larger than themselves. We have watched Northern Pygmy-Owls capture birds as large as American Robins, Townsend's Solitaires and Green-tailed Towhees. They have captured animals like chipmunks and ground squirrels as well.
In 2015, we monitored 8 Barn Owl nests, 4 American Kestrel nests, 1 Eastern Screech Owl nest and several bluebird and swallow nests. We also rehabilitate birds that are brought to the institute for care.
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.