Testimonials

Review what people say about our programs, our consulting services, and see some of our milestones. Click on images to enlarge.

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720raptor-education-foundation-01flyfishingchampionships 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
Available In Colorado!

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
the live birds gave me a feel for how to go about identification. I know it will take a lot of practice and I will avail myself of future opportunities to attend classes.Thank you for a very special day.

Bonnie Holdeman Dalke”

“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,
Robert (Bob) Magee”

AnneWithBaldAt ParadeOf NationsWP 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.

cpwildlifeseminar2013web720 In 2013, 2015, 2016 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!
bioblitzposter720 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.frontierletter6inch  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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 Raptor BookWPress 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 and is still available in a Kindle edition. 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.

As of January 31, 2017 REF is working with a new publisher to revise and update this classic for re-issuing later in 2018.

Stay tuned.

 elpomar-award720  In 1999, the El Pomar Foundation, recognized REF’s  environmental education work.
 licenseplategraphic720  In 1999, working with Colorado legislators,  Colorado Governor Bill Owens and numerous county officials, REF designed and issued Colorado’s firstever 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.
 animal-planet-2006720 The international television program, Animal Planet, featured REF’s work on the Emergency Vets series.

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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 36 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.
 spirit-campaign720  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.
 peterbush-copy720  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.
petergrevebusheagle720 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.

 

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Raptor Education Foundation is a Certified Mile High United Way Affiliated Agency

Mile High United Way: (REF) Designation Code: 0294


Admin Staff
Anne Price — Corp. Secretary, Peter Reshetniak — President
Raptor Staff
Anne Price — Curator
Research & Project Associates
David Goode, Architect:Eagles Landing
Mews Manager
Savannah Grout
Docent & Volunteer Staff
Elise Bales, Morgan Brantmeyer, Chris Canipe, Kevin Corwin, Dorothy Gibson, Kristin Gruebmeyer, Bernhard Hafner, Jennifer McAllister, Melissa Nesavich, Anne Price, Jennifer Redmond, Peter Reshetniak, Beverly Rice, Mitch Skinner, Skye Taylor, Tom Weber
Eagle Brigade , 2017
Cheri Bossio, Kim Kistler, Debra Van Sickle, Lance Van Sickle, Marilyn Stevens, Millie Young, Richard Young,
Docents In Training
Linda Julia, Jessica Wolf
IT Support
Trey Spangenberg
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