I had heard about this rehabilitation center just 30 miles from where I live, and I thought I would check it out for myself. The Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo is part of the beautiful Rock Canyon on the banks of the Arkansas River. There are trails and picnic areas, fishing, gift store and coffee shop among other facilities. There is no entrance fee to the Raptor Center but one for the trails, or at least a parking fee.
The center is used for programs for school children, colleges, hospitals, youth and adult groups, and most of the birds are trained to fist (to come to rest on the fist or wrist of the trainer). Many of the birds are released back into the wild after their injuries have healed but the ones on "display" cannot be released. Some of the birds I saw include Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Mississippi Kites, Western Screech Owls, Prairie Falcon, and others. Although taking photos through the wire of the cages was difficult, I did manage to get some reasonable pictures. Click on the thumbnails below for larger pictures. No photographs from these web pages may be used without prior permission.
This center is reliant on donations from the public (they are a non-profit organization) to help with housing and healing injured birds. Please make a donation when you visit, or you can mail in a donation to P.O. Box 8295, Pueblo, CO 81008.
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