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Since the opening of the Birds of Prey ski course in 1997, our female golden eagle has been on the podium with dozens of winning champion international skiers. 2019 was a very special year as this video reveals. The weather really didn’t keep anyone indoors (at least not for long) and it was absolutely thrilling to be on the sidelines and watch Tommy Ford come down the hill, fast as a peregrine. It’s been a few years since our golden’s been next to an American on the podium, and all of us, from spectators to volunteers, media and Tommy’s teammates on the US Ski Team were just giddy with excitement! Just to be clear, you don’t “lose” a place on the podium by much: Tommy was just 0.80 seconds ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen and 1.23 seconds ahead of Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen, both of Norway, who placed second and third, respectively. Shouldn’t we be part of your winning team? Call us at 303-680-8500 or send an e-mail to PR@usaref.org.
|Their Faces Tell Our Story
Since 1980 the best advocates for our programs are the children who experience raptor magic early in their lives. Their faces are our testimonials!
I have attended numerous presentations and photo-shoots with REF for the past 4 yrs. I couldn’t recommend any organization more strongly. Peter and his crew are experts in the raptor world and impeccably organized through all types of pubic interactions. Raptor Education Foundation’s deep 24/7 commitment to the raptors is obvious and always their motivating factor. Although I am a doctor of humans, it seems they provide world-class care for their 30 eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. They offer incredible quality in their work, and it always feels to me I am getting a lot more from them than the cost of the activity! I give them the strongest recommendation! Sharon L. Minzer, M.D. 9/09/19
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|In 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Colorado Parks & Wildlife contracted REF’s Raptor ID Course for all of their state park raptor monitors. This extensive course benefits from REF’s live raptor collection coupled with the 3 decades plus experience and compilation of exceptional photographs by Karen Metz, raptor monitor extraordinaire!
“As a coordinator of a volunteer raptor monitoring program, I am always looking for ways to educate and inspire our citizen science project participants. I have been working with REF for many years and they continue to provide an amazing experience for our group. The opportunity to see raptor species up close is inspirational and Anne does a fantastic job of describing the field marks and behavioral characteristics of the species she presents. It is also very educational to hear the story of each bird and how they came to be ambassadors for wild birds of prey. I look forward to continued work with REF so that we can continue to motivate folks to be active participants in raptor conservation.”– 12/5/2017: Jeff Thompson, Resource Stewardship Program Coordinator, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
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|Seeking the best in natural history programming, the 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships contracted REF to educate the competitive teams from 27 different countries gathered in Vail, Colorado, September 11, 2016 about some of the raptors native to the area. REF’s program was presented during the opening ceremonies and banquet at the Vail Marriot Hotel & Spa.
“Thank you for providing the cultural component for our opening ceremony and dinner. The raptor presentation was outstanding and shared a piece of the American West to our guests. The informative talks on each bird were educational and enlightening. To have the one raptor utilized for our team pictures was a highlight for all. The hard work of the Raptor Education Foundation staff’s preparations paid off with satisfied attendees and smiles everywhere.
I would recommend the Raptor Education Foundation for any group or event that wants to feel the majesty of these iconic birds in their presence while also learning about their care and how they interact with nature.”
John W. Knight, International Organizer: 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships.
The Best Raptor ID Courses
We generally offer 2-4 identification courses each year. One in the spring and 2-3 more into the fall.
|“Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed the class over the weekend! It was my first time out and was so impressed by the facility and the raptors. Your knowledge is mind boggling and the education I received was amazing!!! My new ability to make an educated guess is already driving my family crazy. I look forward to attending more events and spending more time learning about the raptors and all that your organization does.” Kirsten Medeiros for Signs of Spring, 2017
“I had a great time at the class and, as usual, learned so many things and had such an enriching experience. The teachers are great and the birds are great, what more could I want?” Deborah Carstensen- Signs of Spring, 2017
“I attended the raptor identification class yesterday, September 25, 2016. I want to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed what was for me a beginning lesson in identification of raptors. I am far from expert with songbirds but I feel comfortable with my ability to identify them. Raptors have been difficult and now I know why. The combination of the excellent slides and
“I came to the Raptor ID course yesterday (9/25/16) It was very enjoyable and informative, I will be back. All the employees were very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions… Thanks for a great day,
|In December, 2014, the 3rd International Falconry Festival, held in Abu Dahbi, recognized REF by sponsoring REF’s Curator, Anne Price, to attend this international gathering representing almost 80 different countries. REF was the only raptor education organization in the United States to be sponsored, and Anne presented REF’s work in the education pavilion.
Anne is pictured holding an American bald eagle during the parade of nations.
|In 2012 The National Geographic Society contracted REF to provide special programming for their signature BioBlitz event held in Rocky Mountain National Park.|
|Natural solutions for rabbit, pigeon, and other pest problems.|| During 2006-2010 at Denver International Airport , REF developed and implemented a pigeon control program at one of the airport’s hangars for Frontier Airlines. Using its exclusive Large Area Integrated Prey Management System REF eliminated 95% of the pests within 6 months along with the collateral risk of zoonotic diseases spread by thousands of pounds of pigeon fecal matter deposited within the hangar facility. By March, 2009, REF was maintaining a 99.9% success rate at the Frontier facility, however, this project closed when Frontier Airlines was purchased and their heavy maintenance operations were moved at the behest of Republic Airlines, their new owners. REF used the pigeon’s normal behaviors against them. The same methodology works with cottontail rabbits, thereby eliminating the need for using any toxic substances, which includes anti-coagulants.
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|In 1984, REF published the first professionally produced coloring book for all ages. Illustrated by one of the world’s best wildlife artists, Donald Malick, with a foreword by the peerless, Roger Tory Peterson, this classic was in print for 32 years. The original book’s text was written by Dr. Frances Hammerstrom, renown raptor researcher and writer, while subsequent revised and expanded editions were written by REF’s Curator, Anne Price. Read a review.
The completely revised edition is now available from the University of New Mexico Press. This new edition features color throughout with added features guaranteed to help everyone enhance their raptor experience!
This exceptional book continues Raptor Education Foundation’s educational mission into its fortieth year.
|In 1999, the El Pomar Foundation, recognized REF’s environmental education work.|
|In 1999, working with Colorado legislators, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and numerous county officials, REF designed and issued Colorado’s first–ever motor vehicle license plates featuring an environmental/wildlife theme and benefiting REF’s environmental literacy mission. The Colorado Respects Wildlife license plates are available only to qualified REF members.|
|From Douglas A. Bell, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Ornithology & Mammalogy, California Academy of Sciences: ” I wish to highly commend… the Raptor Education Foundation for their sterling performances held here at the California Academy of Sciences, April 10 -19, 1998. …The participation of REF was instrumental in contributing to the success of our raptor exhibit, Hunters of the Sky. The program that REF offers is unique in that it provides an opportunity for the public to see and watch raptors fly ‘up close and personal’, yet it also imparts to the audience an appreciation for the global ecology of raptors.”||Reviews-Read what teachers and children say about our programs.|
|The international television program, Animal Planet, featured REF’s work on the Emergency Vets series.|
|Birds of Prey World Championships
Since the opening of the Birds of Prey race course in Beaver Creek, Colorado in 1997, our raptors have been connecting local and international audiences to the power, speed, ecology, and cultural aspects of the raptors, which are the namesakes of the Birds of Prey race course. The FIS Ski World Cup racers recognize Birds of Prey as one of the most difficult courses in the world.
Our 37 year old female golden eagle is viewed by tens of millions of people world-wide during ESPN’s global broadcasts from the races each year. In the top image, Anne Price, REF’s Curator is being interviewed with our female golden for French television audiences (live) during the races. In the bottom image, our eagle is part of the awards presentations for both the women and men championship winners.
Best of Denver-1995, Westword Magazine: “What separates this organization from others dedicated to preserving wildlife is its focus on bringing information to school children. Since 1980, when the foundation got its start, REF representatives have presented a one-hour program about eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and other birds of prey to well over half a million students both here in Colorado and in in states such as Ohio, New Mexico, and Nevada. And these displays aren’t boring affairs filled with faded slides. Instead, falcons and the like are the stars of a show that teaches kids about ecological diversity without the kids realizing how much they’re learning.”
|RAPTORS, The Birds of Prey, An Almanac of Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of the World, published in 1996 by Lyons & Burford listed only 29 raptor organizations in its chapter, “Helping Raptors.” The Raptor Education Foundation was the only Colorado organization included.|
|1989-1990-REF’s statewide cross promotional campaign reached tens of thousands of people with special educational raptor stickers and a state-wide tour of schools. Partners included 7-11 stores, Pepsi, Oscar Meyer, and numerous media companies. This is still the largest raptor promotion in Colorado ever done by anyone.|
|1982: REF’s President meets with VP George Bush, during a special commemoration recognizing the bald eagle’s 200th anniversary as America’s living national symbol.|
|REF presents George H. Bush the first bald eagle replica created from waterfowl feathers as a tribute for the bald eagle’s 200th birthday as our national symbol.
The replica is now housed in the Smithsonian Museum. Pictured with VP Bush is William F. Greve (left) REF Director, and Peter Reshetniak (right), REF Founder and President.