Raptor Chronicles
By Colorado's Oldest Raptor Sanctuary
Message from the President

Fall continues to weave its magic around us, and here in Denver, the colors have been simply glorious. The first snows are hitting the mountains just about now, and our extreme days of driving with the heater on in the morning, and the air conditioner in the afternoon, are in full swing. With the approach of Halloween, our owls are in high demand for presentations and I invite you to make sure you watch the twilight video that Peter expertly shot over the summer of a parent great-horned owl and his/her fledged youngster...scroll down for an entertaining look at the often-hidden world of urban wildlife!

We're scheduled to complete the repair of the west wall of our Buteo enclosure this week, and I'd like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to this project. We're going to be playing "musical pens" for a few days while the posts are reset, and the fence sections are re-adhered to said posts. Our two Swainson's hawks will visiting Camp Anne during the work, while our Harlan's hawk and rough-legged take a short trip to the enclosure which previously housed Blondie, our female golden eagle. We'll add a perch or two and an additional shelter, just to make sure they feel right at home. Look for the photos next month!

"There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.” Sir Winston Churchill is alleged to have written those words, but it turns out they appeared in the 19th century, and may have been penned by British statesman Lord Palmerston prior to 1879. In any case, horse lovers understand the sentiment, and I would amend it slightly to read: There's nothing so good for the inside of a person as sight of a hawk". I mean "sight" both ways; hawks and other raptors usually see what's going on around them before we do, and if we only watch them, they'll lead us to other worlds, to creatures that we might miss. I've just started flying my falcon for the season, and each year about this time, I am so grateful for his company, and amazed at what he shows me. A brief cock of his head to the sky reveals a migrating eagle; a two-second glance on his part at the horizon results in me searching (with binoculars) to see a flock of ducks zipping in front of the distant peaks of Colorado's Front Range mountains.

Many times of course, I have NO idea what he's seen, or all I can discern is a distant buteo cruising through a pale blue-gray sky in bad light. To that end, we're conducting two ID/natural history classes next month, and we're very excited about the new venue of Barr Lake State Park for our Wings of Winter class with co-presenter Karen Metz on November 12th. Denver has an enthusiastic and diverse community of raptor-lovers, so if you've been wanting to brush up on your identification skills, this is the class for you!

Birds, and all animals, are good for your soul. Numerous scientific studies are now providing proof of what mankind has always known. About a month ago in Wyoming, at the end of a long day that began well before dawn, I watched a female golden eagle teaching her fledgling of the year how to soar. She hung in the sky, hardly moving at all, perhaps a few hundred feet off a low bluff. Other than small adjustments to her tail, her only motion was the occasional turn of her head, looking down, and slightly behind her, to watch her child. He mimicked her motions as much as possible, but his inexperience in the fierce Wyoming wind was evident as he wobbled back and forth. Through my binoculars, I could see him periodically looking up at his mother, as if for reassurance. It was pure magic...more, PLEASE!
~Anne Price, President
The Wings of Winter
The Best Raptor ID Class in Colorado Returns on November 12th!
Photo by Danny Dodge
After a three-year hiatus due to Covid, we're pleased to present a raptor identification class that you're not going to want to miss! Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Senior Raptor Volunteer Raptor Monitor Karen Metz and Anne are teaming up once again in a brand-new class that will feature winter migrants in Colorado. The class will be held at the Barr Lake State Park Nature Center on Saturday, November 12th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Karen's outstanding slides will be accompanied by nine of our raptors for up-close viewing, comparisons and photos. Participants 14 and older are welcome. Coffee, tea and other morning refreshments will be provided.
Registration Closes on November 7 at 5:00pm
The class fee is $60 for current REF members, and $70 for the general public. Please note that the class will be limited to 40 participants, so don't wait to register.
Special thanks to Park Manager Michelle Seubert for helping to arrange use of the
wonderful Barr Lake facilities!
Desert Storm War Memorial Development
We hope you enjoy another video about the development of the National Desert Storm War Memorial, featuring sculptor Robert Eccleston's insight into the significance of the two raptors at the heart of the work: the bald eagle and the saker falcon, the national bird of Kuwait. Video courtesy of the Dodge Media Group
Kestrels & Peregrines
Check out the "fabulous falcons" featured in another excerpt from our July 2022 Denver Botanic Gardens video. The American kestrel and peregrine falcon have very different lifestyles and ranges: peregrines are found world-wide and the American kestrel, one of the very smallest kestrel species in the world, is found throughout North and South America. Though the peregrine falcon is legendary for being the fastest bird in the world, hunting at up to 150 mph in a dive, the tiny kestrel is a master at hovering in the air, and doesn't need a stiff headwind to do so. Both skills are critical for keeping a growing family of falcons fed throughout the breeding season. Enjoy!
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Broad-winged hawk earrings
Presenting the newest Jabebo raptor earrings! Kevin and Anne's latest collaboration is the broad-winged hawk, the smallest member of the Buteo genus in North America. Weighing as few as 10 ounces, these hardy hawks migrate all the way to South America each year, and are common in the eastern half of the US.
Driving For Wildlife
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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! Check out some of the newest intersections as of October 2021.
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!
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Raptor Chronicles
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Owls on the Prowl
The classic avian ghost of the Halloween season is the great-horned owl. The most common owl in the United States, they are frequently-sighted residents of cities and suburbs. The Denver owls featured in the video above have clearly figured out that neighborhoods provide plenty of food for growing children! These adaptable raptors actually range from Alaska south to the Amazon ecosystem and hunt everything from insects to porcupines. Start listening for their courtship hooting and calling back and forth, right after Thanksgiving, depending on where you live.
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REF Staff: Anne Price, President & Curator; Peter Reshetniak, Founder & Director of Special Projects; Savannah Grout, Mews Manager
Docents & Volunteers: Phil Carter, Kevin Corwin, Karen Gonzalez, Kim Kistler, Linda Julia, Jennifer McAllister, Zachary Nastri, Peggy Plaus, Anne Price, Jennifer Redmond, Peter Reshetniak, Beverly Rice, Mitch Skinner and Ann Stanz
Docents in Training: Kristy Bortz and Karen Ogle