What We Do
Since 1981 the Birds of Prey Foundation has accepted over 15,000 birds. Specialized round-the-clock care and large flight areas enable hundreds of these magnificent raptors to enjoy a second chance at freedom every year.
Most birds that we admit have injuries which can be attributed to accidental or intentional human interference. They have collided with cars, or flown into windows or power lines. They have been senselessly shot or poisoned. They have been taken from the nest and often have severe nutritional deficiencies. They arrive with injuries such as broken bones, concussions, and damage to eyes, ears, and feathers. The birds are often depressed and in pain, yet have an incredible will to live.
Bird Species We Help
The Birds of Prey Foundation specializes in raptors such as eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and osprey. We also accept vultures, pelicans, herons, egrets, ravens, and other native bird species.
In the past years, many rehabilitators, naturalists, scientists, zoologists, veterinarians, and government officials from across the country have visited the Birds of Prey Foundation. They have also come from other countries including Canada, England, Africa, Australia, Germany, and the Philippines. Our dream to provide exemplary care for injured and orphaned raptors has become a reality.
Our Rehabilitation Techniques
We receive birds from all over Colorado in addition to many other states. We are largely a hands off facility and try to reduce the stress of captivity as much as possible. Our large aviaries are an outside hospital for the birds. They regain strength while being able to feel the sun and other elements. From here they find their way to freedom, giving them a chance to soar on mended wings again!
Our Intensive Care Unit offers state of the art technologies to help our patients recover in an indoor, low stress environment. Our ICU offers a full suite of diagnostic equipment including, digital x-ray, in-house blood chemistry machine, in-house blood-lead analyzer and a microscope for blood and fecal analysis. We also have a full surgical suite complete with anesthesia. In addition we have several incubators that not only provide heat but oxygen to our critical patients.
Our flight cage compound has 22 large flight enclosures specifically designed for each unique species we care for. Each cage is outfitted with perches, stairs and ladders for birds that are not yet able or ready to fly. Each enclosure has trees, grasses, rocks, branches and pools to keep the environment as natural as possible. The flight enclosures allow for low stress physical therapy and conditioning so these raptors can be as wild as possible while in captivity.
Due to the sensitive nature of our recovering patients and the wildlife regulations we abide by, both our ICU and Flight Enclosures are closed to public tours. We thank you for your understanding.