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Colorado Avian Research And Rehabilitation Institute Now Forming

Scott and Susan Rashid along with Grant Spencer would like to introduce the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute (CARRI), a 501c3 not for profit foundation whose goal is to continue the rehabilitation of injured birds and research hawks and owls within RMNP and the Estes valley.

Scott Rashid, with the assistance of Susan and Dr. Jeff Fish has been rehabilitating injured birds since 1994. Injured birds are brought to the rehabilitation center by Estes Park residents, Estes Park Police Department, RMNP and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Over the years Scott has taken care of hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, hummingbirds, bluebirds, robins, magpies, gulls and herons, various finches and sparrows. The rehabilitation of each individual bird depends on its injury. Birds are injured by pets, flying into windows, being hit by cars, shot, and trapped in houses or garages. One Northern Goshawk was captured at the YMCA after it was determined to have West Nile Virus. It took six months to rehabilitate and release that bird.

At this time Scott is taking care of a Great Horned Owl that was found on the ground on January 6th. Scott took the owl to his rehabilitation facility where he hand fed the owl around the clock for 24 hours. The owl is now eating on its own but is still very thin and will need to be fed for the next couple of weeks. The owl eats a rat and-a-half every day at a cost of $4.00 apiece.

For the past 20 years Scott has been conducting research on hawks and owls including the Northern Goshawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Horned Owl and the Northern Saw-whet Owl. His research consists of nest monitoring, identifying incubation and hatch dates, determining territory sizes, identifying prey items, and determining fledging and post fledging information of young birds.

CARRI needs your help to continue rehabilitating injured birds and researching the raptors in our area. If you would like to assist with the growth of CARRI and help fund the rehabilitation of the Great Horned Owl that CARRI is presently caring for, please make a tax deductible donation to CARRI at P.O. Box 3351 Estes Park, CO. 80517. Feel free to contact Scott Rashid at 577-1794 with any questions.

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