Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute

In 2015, members of CARRI will be involved with several projects. We will continue all of the existing projects,  including the Barn Owl Nest Box Project,  The Northern Pygmy-Owl Project and the Northern Goshawk Project; just to name a few. You can see all of the existing and continuing research under the research tap on the top of this website.

Also in 2015, we will begin an American Kestrel Nest Box Project. This project will consist of constructing and placing nest boxes for American Kestrels.  We placed a small number of nest boxes in 2014, but are going to place several more in 2015. Our end result will be to have nest boxes placed from Estes Park, Colorado down to the valley from Longmont and Loveland north to the Wyoming border.

A female American Kestrel eating a mouse.

A female American Kestrel eating a mouse.

American Kestrel Eggs in a nest box. 5 eggs is a normal clutch size

American Kestrel eggs in a nest box, 5 eggs is a normal clutch size.

One of CARRI's Kestrel Nest Boxes placed on the dead tree.

One of CARRI’s American Kestrel nest boxes placed on the dead tree.

The project will include building, placing and monitoring the activity in each box. As the American Kestrels begin nesting in the boxes, members of CARRI will monitor the progress of each nest and band the young. If possible, we will band the adults as well. Through the banding we hope to gain insight into the movements and longevity of the individuals.

* For information please contact Scott at pygmyowl@frii.com

 

Below is some info. on the Northern Saw-whet Banding Project.

First Northern Saw-whet Owl of 2014. A young owl hatched in 2014.

First Northern Saw-whet Owl banded in the 2014 fall banding project.

The fall Owl Banding Season has closed for 2014. We trapped and banded 19 Northern Saw-whet Owls and a single Boreal Owl.   Below is a map of all the Northern Saw-whet banding stations in North America. As you cans see, we are the only permanent banding station in Colorado.       

This map shows all of the fall  Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station throughout North America.  We are the only station in Colorado

This map shows all of the fall Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station throughout North America. We are the only station in Colorado

Northern Saw-whet Owl roosting in a spruce during the day.

Northern Saw-whet Owl roosting in a spruce during the day 9/9/2014.

CARRI’s Owl research will soon begin. We start with searching for Great Horned Owls and Northern Pygmy-Owls.  Anyone interested in assisting contact us at pygmyowl@frii.com

In February, we will begin searching for Northern Saw-whet Owls too.

Our research begins with hiking through owl habitat both inside and outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, listening for vocalizing birds.  In the beginning of the courtship, the males vocalize until a female arrives on territory.  After the female arrives, both birds can be heard throughout their nesting grounds. Then we search for a nest site; after which the fun begins.

If your interested in helping, feel free to contact us at pygmyowl@frii.com

CARRI's Northern Pygmy-Owl research will soon begin.soon.

CARRI’s Northern Pygmy-Owl research will soon begin.

CARRI's Great Horned Owl research will begin in February.

CARRI’s Great Horned Owl research will begin in February.

Owl Northern Saw-whet owl research will being in February as the birds begin nesting in March and April.

Our Northern Saw-whet Owl research will begin in February, as the birds start nesting in March and April.