California Raptor Center Open House, May 2, 2015

Elana, White-tailed Kite

Come meet Elana, the new white-tailed kite (at right), and many more wonderful ambassadors of the raptor family at our Spring Open House on Saturday, May 2 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the California Raptor Center(CRC).

Special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors out on the glove.

Local artist and CRC volunteer Diana Munoz will lead a sketching class from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the trailer where presentations are held. Munoz will provide suggestions on how to draw raptor shapes and provide tips on capturing feather and facial details. Kids of all ages are welcome to bring a sketch book, pencils and join the fun.

We also invite you to join our Hawk Walk, which starts earlier at the CRC gate at 8:00 a.m. (bring binoculars). Cameras welcome, but no flash please. Visitors over the age of 21 will have the opportunity to sample selections from Mendocino Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market (no alcohol sales are available). Appetizers and beer tasting from 12:00p.m. -2:00 p.m.

The CRC onsite museum will be open. T-shirts, plush toys and other souvenirs will be available for purchase (cash or check only). While there is no charge for admission, we greatly appreciate tax-deductible donations that help provide care and feeding of resident raptors, underwrite education programs, provide medication and medical supplies for rehabilitation, and maintain our unique center.

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Directions: From Interstate 80, take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old Davis Road, away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and continue to the Putah Creek Bridge where there is a low-profile blue and gold California Raptor Center sign. Do not cross the bridge. Instead, turn left onto the paved levee road and follow it for one block until it dips down off the levee. Turn right into the CRC parking lot. Parking is free.

About the California Raptor Center (CRC): The CRC is an educational and rehabilitation facility dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned birds of prey. Each year, the CRC takes in more than 350 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors, successfully returning about 60 percent to the wild. The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine supports the medical needs of these birds and offers a broad spectrum of care, from advanced imaging capabilities to surgical expertise. The museum and permanent collection of living, non-releasable raptors are open to public view on weekdays and Saturdays. For more info: www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor