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California Raptor Center Holds Fall Open House November 15

October 27, 2008

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Editor's note, November 17: A great big thank you to all to participated! More than 200 people attended this event. Center faculty, staff and volunteers appreciate your support for raptors and curiosity about these magnificent birds of prey.

The public is welcomed to a free Open House at the California Raptor Center (CRC) Saturday, November 15, 2008.

We will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and there will be special raptor presentations at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 

We also invite people to join our Hawk Walk, a guided birding hike that starts at the CRC gate at 8:00 a.m. and finishes at 9:00 a.m. (bring binoculars).

At the California Raptor Center, we care for injured birds of prey, or raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever we can. Birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in our Education Program. The Open House is designed to show people what we do. The special presentations will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors housed in display cages as well as birds out on the glove (including Mikey, the red-shouldered hawk  featured on Huell Howser’s California’s Gold television show). Our on-site museum will also be open.

The California Raptor Center is a program of the School of Veterinary Medicine. As the center pursues its mission to care for birds of prey, volunteers care for the animals, veterinary students learn about veterinary procedures to repair injuries in birds, and education volunteers provide on-site and off-site demonstrations about raptors and their habitats.

Besides holding open house events, center members invite the public to visit to take self-guided tours of the facility during operational hours. All of our non-releasable raptors are on the tour route, with informative placards describing each bird and its individual story.

The center welcomes volunteers and donations to carry on its mission. Learn how you can help and find out more about birds of prey by visiting the Web site of the California Raptor Center.

Directions: From Interstate 80 take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old Davis Road heading away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and keep going until there is a rise in the road leading up to the Putah Creek Bridge. At the side of the rise there is a low-profile blue and gold California Raptor Center sign with a diagonal arrow pointing to the left. 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 and then turn right into the center parking lot. Parking is free. For a map visit our Web Site at