History of the Birds of Prey Foundation:
1979- Sigrid Ueblacker, the Founder of Birds of Prey Foundation, was brought an orphaned starling by her daughter, Elke
1980- Elke presented Sigrid with two newly-hatched Poor Wills that were raised to adulthood and released at their place of recovery. Later that summer, neighbors arrived with three nestling Barn Swallows, which were also raised and released.
1981- Sigrid began to take classes. She was one of the first individuals in the Denver area to be granted a rehabilitation permit by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
On Halloween Day of 1981, the first owl arrived. Sigrid named him Merlin and instantly became hooked on Raptors.
1982- Ninety birds were cared for by Sigrid in her home and backyard.
1983- Sigrid cared for 150 birds, working out of four different locations in the Lakewood area.
1984- Boulder County offered four buildings and a parcel of land on Rock Creek Farm, all of which were designated for rehabilitation. In October, the Birds of Prey Foundation was officially chartered in the State of Colorado as a non-profit corporation.
1984-1988- Most of the current flight cages were constructed during this time period. The first ICU and the first Mouse House were renovated from the old milk barn at the farm. By 1988, all birds were moved from Lakewood to the new facility at Rock Creek Farm.
1989- 385 birds were admitted. By the ends of 1989, all current flight cages were constructed.
1991-1993- Construction at the current ICU complex, HawksRest, occurred. The Quail House was completed in 1991, closely followed by the completion of the ICU building in 1993. In 1993, 504 birds were admitted and 265 birds were released back into the wild. Ninety-one birds had to be overwintered. The release rate was 64%.
1997- Construction began on the last vacant building at HawksRest. This building became the main facility for housing mice and rats, as well as additional cages for ICU birds.
2000- Rats and mice were completely installed into the new Mouse House at HawksRest.
2011- A record 558 birds were admitted for care.
2012- Another record year! 653 birds were admitted for care. Birds of Prey Foundation has now admitted over 12, 000 birds!
2013-654 birds were admitted for care. Onsite x-ray equipment and anesthesia were added in order to better diagnose our patients. Having these tools on at our facility means quicker and more accurate treatment as well as less stress for our wild patients.
2014- 695 birds admitted
2015- Repairs and upgrades have been completed on all but one complex of flight cages. 730 birds were admitted for care.
2016-871 birds admitted, a new record number of admissions.
2017-2018- Expanded our educational outreach. We are providing additional training to city, county, and state agencies.