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.

*** The live Barn Owl camera is on the nest cameras link at the top of this page. 

The American Kestrels have all successfully fledged (left the nest box for good) so we are looking at interesting ways to use the camera, so we can give you an interesting visual experience. Below is the view of the Sylvandale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.

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!

On June 20th, members of CARRI and several volunteers banded nestling Barn Owls from three of the 6 active CARRI Barn Owl nest boxes. One box had three owlets. The second box had 6 Owlets and the third had 4 owlets. Below are some photos from the day. The Barn Owls in the above camera were banded on June 25th. 

CARRI would like to thank David Neils, Debra Sherril, Thomas Andersen, Anika Anderson, Pam Piombino, Naseem Munchi, and Mike Tupper for all of their assistance and volunteer hours to help make the CARRI Barn Owl Nest Box project a huge success.  We could not have done it without you!

On July 1st 2015, members of CARRI engaged the public when we banded a family of American Kestrels. The nest had five young falcons inside. three females and two males. The children were completely captivated by the little falcons.  You will see the leg bands on the birds as you watch the live feed above.


In 2015, we monitored 6 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.