Meet-and-Greet: Colorado's Native Raptors - Atlas Obscura

Golden, Colorado

Meet-and-Greet: Colorado's Native Raptors

Get up close and personal with local birds of prey in their native habitat and the state's only Hawk Watch census site.

Most widely known for its connections to the prehistoric era and prevalence for dino (fossil) discoveries, Morrison, Colorado, and its mesmerizing foothills also happen to be home to an entirely different class of ferocious, and brilliant, raptors.  

Join Atlas Obscura for an interactive meet-and-greet with a small flock of Colorado hawks and a short walking tour to see the birds of prey in Morrison's foothills in action. Master falconer Kin Quitugua will share his 30-plus years of experience during this wild "classroom" within the state's only Hawk Watch census site, as you get a thorough introduction to four native Colorado raptors up close and personal. Learn how to distinguish one bird of prey from another at a glance, what obstacles of survival these creatures have overcome in the past century, and all about Colorado's place in the "Great Flyway" migration system.

Finally, after saying farewell to your new feathered friends, you'll grab binoculars for a short sunset walk in hopes of spotting these magnificent birds of prey as they emerge to hunt at dusk. 


  • We will meet at the Stegosaurus Park ‘n Ride lot off of US-40, on the south side of I-70 West just off of the Morrison exit.  If the lot is full, additional parking is available across the street at Matthews Winters Open Space Park.
  • Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire encouraged.
  • We plan to walk less than a half-mile, some possibly on rough terrain. As such, the second half of the program is not ADA-accessible.
  • All ages welcome. 
  • Event will run rain or shine.  


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