Raptor Enclosure Upgrade RMRP

$5,540 of $16k goal

Raised by 50 people in 22 months
Lisa Winta
on behalf of Judy Scherpelz
 FORT COLLINS, CO
HELP!!

Right now, live permanently disabled educational raptors need YOUR help to protect them from the deadly Avian Influenza Virus.

New, safe enclosures and upgrades in biosecurity for their well-being is critical.

Your funding can make this happen!
 

Here are the details:

A new strain of Avian Influenza has arrived in North America via migrating waterfowl in late 2014, and has quickly spread along migratory bird corridors of the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways.  It is spread by waterfowl, which don’t get sick from the virus.  Most infections have occurred in U.S. domestic poultry, which exhibit 100% mortality.  It is also considered to be fatal to raptors. 

Several of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program Educational Raptors have been housed for decades at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC), a beautiful nature center along the Poudre River.  While the ELC is an ideal location for viewing raptors, we are concerned that the birds that live there are at risk because of the  proximity to the Poudre River and several wetlands, which are frequented by waterfowl.  To better protect our education birds, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program has relocated the raptors that normally live at the ELC to our main facility.

We typically house 8 birds at the ELC:  3 golden eagles, a bald eagle, 3 red-tailed hawks, and a Swainson’s hawk.  Two of the golden eagles were moved to our main facility earlier this spring so that we can better monitor health issues.  The remaining birds were moved in late April to our main facility.  To accommodate these birds, we are renovating our enclosures to make room.  We are also enhancing our biosecurity of the facility, adding measures such as footbaths and gravel pathways that help prevent the spread of disease by footgear. 

But all of this costs money:  $16,000.  And we need your help NOW to help pay for materials such as lumber, supplies, and disinfectant so we can keep our birds safe. 

Please donate today – every gift, no matter the size, will help save lives!!!

www.rmrp.org

970-484-7756

2519 S. Shields St. #115 Fort Collins, CO 80526

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program inspires the protection and appreciation of raptors and the spaces where they live through excellence in rehabilitation, education and research. 
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Update 7
Posted by Lisa Winta
14 months ago
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The enclosures have been finished and the birds are housed within them. The birds are doing well and are healthy. But we still are in need of funds to purchase gravel. The gravel is very important for us to be able to add a level of biosecurity around the enclosures. The gravel is able to be cleaned and disinfected. Where as if we have just dirt, that is not able to be cleaned and disinfected. This allows us to add more of a protective buffer around the birds and increases our ability to keep them safe. Please consider helping fund this important need.
Rounded Pea Gravel
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Update 6
Posted by Lisa Winta
20 months ago
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Thank you to all that have been contributing to the effort to improve our enclosures and to strengthen our bio-security in order to protect our birds from exposure to Avian Influenza.

More is still needed. One of these barrels of disinfectant costs $1000. We use this in foot baths so that we don't track the virus in on our shoes. We must disinfect everything that travels to programs and exhibits when it comes back home. Then of course general cleaning. This is not your average disinfectant. It is specially designed to kill viruses so it isn't cheap.

Please consider helping us to defray the cost of this most critical of needs.
Big barrel of disinfectant is going fast
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Update 5
Posted by Lisa Winta
21 months ago
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We are still working on the new, improved enclosure. Working on part of the roof now. We are still in need of donations as the bills for all the supplies have yet to be paid. Your donation, no matter what size, will help us to properly house and keep our educational raptors healthy. Please consider donating today.
Working on the roof of raptor enclosure
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Update 4
Posted by Lisa Winta
21 months ago
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Will you help us add the wall and roof to this raptor enclosure? Without those we can't put the birds in them. Please, please help.

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$5,540 of $16k goal

Raised by 50 people in 22 months
Created April 23, 2015
Lisa Winta  
on behalf of Judy Scherpelz
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Anonymous
22 days ago
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$25
Larry Tucci
29 days ago
$500
Donna Campbell
1 month ago
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$60
Nissa Osheim
1 month ago
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$100
Brett Bereny
6 months ago

Thank you for doing important work.

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12 months ago
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William Keller
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