|Golden Eagle admiring the fall colors|
The change in season has brought about two other annual changes for the RMRP: a change in the species being admitted to critical care, and a change in the injury/illness types. During the latter part of summer, the bulk of the birds admitted to the RMRP were immature Swainson's Hawks, with the usual scattering of the other species. But in the first couple weeks of September, all the Swainson's Hawks kettled up for migration and flew south out of Colorado for the winter. The Osprey have also hightailed it out of the area, and Turkey Vultures will be next. To replace them, Rough-Legged Hawks and Merlins (falcons) will be migrating to Colorado soon.
|Sunrise outside my window|
|Immature Swainson's Hawks overwintering at the RMRP|
|Peregrine Falcon release|
|Great Horned Owl regaining use of her legs|
And, finally, there's the education side of the RMRP! The last weekend of September (29th and 30th) is full of public exhibits, including Elk Fest in Estes Park (all day Saturday and Sunday), the Northern Colorado Birding Fair at Fossil Creek Reservoir (Saturday 7am-2pm), and the Irish Festival here in downtown Fort Collins (Saturday and Sunday all day). They're fun and educational festivals to attend, and the RMRP hopes to see you there!
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