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California Raptor Center Leads Free Field Trip: “Rocks, Raptors and Wildflowers” on Saturday, April 12, 2008

March 24, 2008

Join the California Raptor Center for an exciting one-day field trip on the natural history of western Yolo County. We will feature rocks and flowers on the ground and raptors (birds of prey) in the air. The field trip will show participants how to observe all these for maximum enjoyment. Wildlife enthusiasts of all levels and experience are welcome. Bring binoculars for birds and magnifying lenses for wildflowers.

The field trip will begin at the California Raptor Center at 8:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 12, 2008. You will be using your own car or car pooling with other participants westward and northward across Yolo County via Winters and Putah Creek. Be sure to pack a lunch for a picnic stop. We will then visit Cache Creek Canyon and Bear Valley before returning between 5 and 6 pm.

The California Raptor Center is on the South edge of the UC Davis campus. Turn south on Old Davis Road from the UC Davis exit off Interstate 80, and then left on the levee road immediately before the Putah Creek Bridge. Follow the paved levee road one block and turn diagonally left, going down to the California Raptor Center parking lot. Parking is free.

There is no fee for the field trip; this is meant as an educational experience, and you don’t have to be a “birder” to enjoy the experience. Please contact California Raptor Center at 530-752-9994 and register by leaving a message with your name, number of people in your party and a phone number (including area code) where you can be reached in case rain cancels our trip.

The California Raptor Center, a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine, is an educational and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds of prey. The museum and a permanent collection of living, nonreleasable raptors are open to public view on weekdays and Saturdays. The center takes in more than 200 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors each year, successfully returning about 60% to the wild.