Our mission provides knowledge of raptors and their ecosystems to the public and scientific community, through research, conservation, and education in Missoula, Montana.
The mission of RVRI is to provide knowledge of raptors (birds of prey) and the ecosystems that support them to the public and scientific community, through research conservation and education. As widespread predators inhabiting all terrestrial ecosystems, raptors serve as valuable indicators of ecosystem health. As “environmental barometers”, or the “coal miner's canary”, raptors are often the first obvious component of an ecosystem to show the negative effects of a failing system. RVRI believes that by protecting raptors and effectively managing for them, we are in turn, protecting the wild integrity of those ecosystems as a whole.