Be a Friend of the Raptor Research Foundation on Facebook

Rocky Mountain
Raptor Program

Judy Scherpelz
Executive Director


Host Hotel Address:

Fort Collins Marriott
350 East Horsetooth Road
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525
Jamie Meyer
Click For Google Map

RRF Board Mtg.

Field Trips:


Welcome / Plenary Lecture Speaker: Dr. Pat Shipman

General Paper Session

Early Career Raptor Researchers Lunch

Special Session:
Raptor-Human Conflicts

Poster Session

General Paper Session

The Role of Banding in Raptor Conservation: Past, Present, and Future

Special Session: Raptors
and Zoonotic Infections

Evening Social

General Paper Session

Special Session:
Raptors in Education

Special Session:
Energy Development

RRF Business Meeting

Silent Auction

Awards Banquet

Field Trips:


printable page


Rocky Mountain National Park Visit
Sunday, September 26, 2010
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Field Trip

A raptor monitoring program began in Rocky Mountain National Park in 1987.  First year survey work identified a high concentration of raptors along Lumpy ridge a 5.6-kilometer by 2.4-kilometer ridge at the east boundary of the park.  Twelve birds of prey where found to be nesting, foraging and migrating along this ridge.  The ridge has a collection of south facing cliffs, which is lower in elevation than most cliffs in the park and is the park's most popular rock climbing area. 

The highest elevation of the ridge is 3250 meters and over 300 named climbing routes exist along the ridge on 31 named rock formations.  Due to the high concentration of raptors and climbers, conflicts occur during the birds breeding season which is also the peak climbing period. 

On March 1st climbing closures go into effect and through April 30 park staff and volunteers determine where raptors will be nesting.  Once incubation begins, the park readjusts the closures opening some climbing routes, but leaving others closed throughout the remaining breeding season which ends between July 15 and August 1st.  These closures not only protect the raptors but also the climbers from raptors that may aggressively defend their nest.

In addition there are two raptor migration corridors in the park.  Migrants begin migrating through the park about the end of August through September.  In the fall raptors begin migrant through about the end of August through September.  At times up to 20 raptors an hour are observed and at times kettles of raptors such as Swainson’s hawks are noted.

The tour will visit Lumpy Ridge to discuss managing breeding raptors and climbers, drive up Trail Ridge Road to look for migrating raptors moving through Forest Canyon and discuss nesting high elevation raptors that take advantage of feeding on overweight ground squirrels, chipmunks and marmots that get fed junk food by visitors at viewpoints.  Hear how park managers try to manage visitors feeding wildlife.

Jeff Connor is a Natural Resources Specialist having worked at Rocky Mountain National Park for 22 years and currently working for the Continental Divide Research Learning Center in the park. He was responsible for the birds of prey and songbird monitoring program for many of those 22 years.  The trip will include lunch, snacks, water, and transportation to and from Fort Collins.

Cost:    $30.
Trip Limited to 20 People

Trip will depart from the Marriott at 8:30 am and have everyone back by mid afternoon.

Jeff Connor 
Organization: National Park Service
Phone: 970-586-1296

Co-Hosted by:

Raptor Research Foundation, Inc.

Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, Ft. Collins, Colorado

EDM International, Inc., Ft. Collins, Colorado

Marriott Hotel, Ft. Collins, Colorado


Website Developed & Powered by Heartland Hosting, LLC

2010 Raptor Research Foundation, 2010 Rocky Mountain Raptor Program.   All Rights Reserved.
Website Developed & Powered by Heartland Hosting, LLC. Contact our Webmaster