Raptor Chronicles
FINALLY! After 24 very long months and three missed gatherings, we are excited let everyone know that we are holding our
Fall Open House on Saturday, September 25th from 10:30AM to 1:00PM. Mark your calendars now! We won't be serving refreshments this time due to Covid, however we'll have water available and have the mews open for folks to visit, as well as raptors on the front porch to enjoy up-close and personal. We're looking forward to seeing our friends and supporters in person once again!
High Country Reception for Easy Care
The Chairman's Conference for top performers at EasyCare featured three of our raptors during the opening reception at the Spruce Saddle Lodge in Colorado's high country at Beaver Creek, Colorado. EasyCare delegates from all over the United States took a gondola ride up to 10,200 feet where our bald eagle, gyrfalcon, and eastern screech owl greeted them. As we were finishing setting up our display, a wild bald eagle appeared mid-mountain and quickly lofted up into the clouds. Our female bald eagle noticed her wild cousin almost immediately! Later on a red-tailed hawk flew into the area and a peregrine falcon was spotted stooping after some unknown quarry. As the sun set and we began to pack our birds up for the ride back to Brighton, our eagle was entertained by violinist, Michaela Borth, of Spinphonystrings. The ladies comprising the electric string quartet were there to provide beautiful background music for the EasyCare conference. Can you identify the short piece of music?
Consulting Services: Too Many Rabbits?
If you work at a large professional campus or in an industrial setting, warehouse park, or even a golf course that is home to far too many cottontail rabbits, we have a non-toxic solution that simply eliminates these pests and turns them into raptor food. The video tells the entire story. We've created this proprietary trapping system which safely and discretely removes these pests and recycles them into food for our birds. Please all us at 303-680-8500 or send an email to raptor2@usaref.org. Note: this is not a system for small-scale areas like individual homes.
Lots of Other Ways to Help!
A Special Anniversary Offer on All Three of Our Books!
Celebrate our 41st anniversary by purchasing our
three books at this special price!
Our Online Store is Open!
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Winner of the 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Nature and Ecology Books

“A unique book aimed at introducing young and beginning birders to the world of raptors. . . . Creative for certain! Helpful, too.”–Jim Williams, Wingnut blog, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A very cool new book.”–Doc Kirby, On The Bookshelf

“Bird enthusiasts of all ages will find this book full of educational fun.”–Skipping Stones

“Beautiful, educational coloring book.”–Katie L.Burke, American Scientist

“All the essays were well-written and provided lots of easy-to-understand information, which allows the reader to identify many different types of raptors. I also really enjoyed the further reading at the back of the book about the kestrel box. The instructions were clear-cut, and the activity was easy and fun to do.”–Hannah, age thirteen, Kids’ BookBuzz

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Listen for us the first Saturday of the month at
12:00 noon for five minutes of "raptorous"
delight with the BirdTalk Guys,
Scott & David Menough. Click here!
Driving For Wildlife
Help us put another 1,000 eagles on the streets of our great state. Qualified members of REF are entitled to display them on their cars. Put Colorado's first and best environmental plates on YOUR vehicle!
One of our members sent us this picture of his Cobra with our license plates. Anyone else out there with a classic car wearing our eagle? Send us your image!
Special thanks to The Kroenke Group & THF Realty for extending our lease and keeping the fee at zero dollars though 2023! Support like this ensures we will make it through these challenging times.

Thanks to our past and future partners, THF Prairie Center Development, L.L.C., THF Prairie Center Investors, L.L.C. and the City of Brighton, for creating the best intersection in Colorado just a minute or two north of our headquarters!

As the new villages grow at Prairie Center, so do the streets with cool names!
We're looking for a gently-used, 20-25 foot RV (Class C) that would serve as a mobile office for traveling programs around Colorado and farther away. Or maybe you have an SUV or pickup truck you would like to donate? We can put it to good use! Please give our office a call if you have a vehicle you think we could use!
(303) 680-8500
Thank you!
Limited Edition Eagle Pin
An exclusive creation for us, this fine pewter pin has been hand painted to let everyone know what you think of America's living national symbol. Available in a very limited edition, while they last. This beautiful pin measures 1 1/8" by 1 1/2". Two clasps keep it firmly attached. $50 each includes shipping. Discounts for multiple purchases. Just click to order.

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Raptor Day at Denver Botanic Gardens!
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Denver Botanic Gardens from Raptor Day on September 10th! We were delighted to meet visitors of all ages at three different locations throughout the gardens. Our little red morph eastern screech owl enjoyed the shade and flowing water in June’s PlantAsia, while our male Harris’ hawk was the perched model for the Botanical Illustration group on the West Terrace.

Our female bald eagle, two falcons and our great-horned owl were featured in the AAS Pavilion which had the most space and shade for visitors. Despite the steamy temperatures, spirits were high as regular visitors to the gardens came armed with questions about raptors. Later that evening, Anne Price presented a program on golden eagle falconry in Mongolia, in advance of a screening of the 2016 movie, “The Eagle Huntress” in the new Freyer-Newman Center. It turns out that we had the honor of being the very first lecture to be presented in the new auditorium, and it certainly is a beautiful space.

Huge thanks to our friends at the Denver Botanic Gardens for facilitating birds in so many locations. To Allaina, Patricia, Sarah, Sydney, Peter, Billy, Pha and all the DBG volunteers...we couldn’t have done it without you!
Only a Few Left!
This beautiful five-year study of our female bald eagle was photographed and composited by Marilyn Stevens. It measures 16″ x 20″ and is printed on fine photo paper with a “luster” finish. The print will fit many ready-made frames. To our knowledge this is the only available photographic sequence of an immature bald eagle showing off the plumage changes as she matures. Remember, both male and female look identical except for their size, but the male is about 30% smaller. Our foil seal is attached to the bottom of each print. (Not shown in the image above). This is a limited offer and the price includes shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.A.
This limited offer is only available here. $40 for one print or $60 for two.
Pick it up at our office for only $25!
Join the 46 Families Supporting Our Raptor Sanctuary
Help Us Reach 100 Supporting Families!
Have you signed up for the King Soopers Community Rewards Program yet? Do you have a Loyalty Card and digital account? Just visit https://www.kingsoopers.com/o/store-services/community-rewards , log in and enroll to have REF receive donated funds from King Soopers and Kroger! We'd love to increase the number of families supporting us...please share with your friends and family!

OUR COMMUNITY REWARDS NUMBER IS TF405. Simply log into your account, look for "Community Rewards" on the left hand side, and enter TF405. Our name will appear, and you can link your card to REF. You save on groceries, earn fuel points, and we'll receive a quarterly donation from King Soopers.
Automatic Monthly Donations: Thanks to everyone who has set up a monthly donation via PayPal. We have people from both coasts, a few states in the middle, and in Colorado contributing monthly pledges automatically...thank you!!
REF Staff: Anne Price, President & Curator; Peter Reshetniak, Founder & Director of Special Projects; Savannah Grout, Mews Manager
Docents: Elise Bales, Morgan Brantmeyer, Kevin Corwin, Karen Gonzalez, Bernhard Hafner, Kim Kistler, Linda Julia, Jennifer McAllister, Anne Price, Jennifer Redmond, Peter Reshetniak, Beverly Rice, Mitch Skinner, Ann Stanz