Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is a bird rehabilitation center and sanctuary. Helping injured and orphaned birds since 1981 ,the Nature and Raptor Center has returned thousands of birds to the wild. However, not all birds could be returned from once they came and few have found a home at the center. Those resident raptors are on display at the center and participate in their educational programs. The Nature and Raptor Center also has what they call weekend Raptor Talks which take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 where visitors have a chance to get up close to some of their raptor residents.
We have been to some wildlife and rehabilitation centers and each visit is bittersweet for us. On one hand it is nice and fun to see the animals up close, but sad to see them hurt or unable to be returned to the wild. Their raptor center had several cages where we were able to see eagles, crows, hawks, falcons, and owls. We had a chance to talk with one of the staff who was about to give some of the birds baths which sounded great to us because it was very hot day during our visit. As we were leaving the raptor center we received a real treat when two ospreys returned to their nest which was high up an observation pole (telephone pole).
After we took a little time to observe the ospreys we went down to the nature center which sits on the banks of the Arkansas River. It was a beautiful oasis setting compared to the arid rocky area of the raptor center. The Arkansas River bike/running path goes right through the area, and looks like a great place to do a little exercising. There is also a restaurant overlooking the area, picnic area, playground, and the nature center itself.
Overall, the Nature and Raptor Center was a fun little stop for us while we were traveling through Pueblo. To see our reviews of other Colorado Attractions click here.
The Nature and Raptor Center
Located at 5200 Nature Center
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: $4.00 per car
For more information visit their website at http://natureandraptor.org/
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