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.
  • Scroll down to watch the live American Kestrel Camera.

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


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 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. 

On May 30 2015, we received a Northern Saw-whet Owl that was found in a puddle of water on the side of a dirt road. We named him "Puddle". He was placed in a pet carrier with a small perch, water dish and some food. A few days later,after we determined there he had no injuries, he was placed in our flight cage where he will remain until he becomes proficient at catching his favorite prey...mice. See puddle below.  Feeding this little guy is quite expensive.  Mice are almost $4.00 a piece and he will eat between one and two per day! If you would like to donation to assist with his mice consumption, click on the donation button below. 

The photos above are of Puddle. He is a Northern Saw-Whet Owl that was found on the ground after being splashed with water by a passing car.  He was brought to us and is now in our flight cage.  The first photo is Puddle when he first arrived on May 30th, 2015. The second photo is Puddle now. He is in our flight cage with two deer mice (that were given to us by a neighbor). The third photo is an adult Northern Saw-whet Owl. That is what Puddle will look like by this fall. Learn more about about these little owls on our the research page of this website. Find the link at the top of this page.

From the Estes Park News...

On Wednesday, May 5 2015, 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.