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Local Environmental Groups Support California Raptor Center

October 11, 2010

The School of Veterinary Medicine gratefully acknowledges the volunteers who spent all day Saturday, October 9 to replace fencing and spruce up the grounds of the California Raptor Center.


The volunteers donated their time as part of the "Cool Davis" Day of Service in association with an environmental festival and "Cool Davis" initiative. They represented the Sierra Club--Yolano Group, the Burrowing Owl Preservation Society and Yolo Clean Air. The following skilled and dedicated workers were on hand:

  • Alan Pryor
  • Gregory Burns
  • Bob Snell
  • Marc Vayssieres
  • Leslie Lupman
  • Kaitlin Vaughn
  • Kimberly West
  • Kathy West
  • Josh Greschen
  • Wesley Romer
  • Kristen Kolb
  • Sherrill Futrell
  • Dan Tolson
  • Larry Guenther
  • Carolyn Hinshaw

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The group raised money to purchase 200 feet of fencing material and recruited skilled volunteeers from the community to replace worn out fences at the center. $1,000 in cash was donated to the project. Local businesses furthered the effort. Hibbert Lumber Company, Davis, donated $250 in lumber discounts; discounted forklift rental came from All-Star Rents, Davis; and 50 dollars' worth of coated decking screws were provided by Home Depot, Woodland. Removing the old fence posts and digging new post holes were among the tasks at the facility. Other members of the group cleared up a huge amount of leaves, branches and other plant debris.

Many thanks to these individuals and the California Raptor Center volunteers who help the School of Veterinary Medicine restore the gift of flight to injured and ill raptors.


The California Raptor Center (CRC) is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. The center receives about 200 injured or ill raptors each year and is able to release about 60% of these birds. Raptors are brought to the CRC or to the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital by members of the public and by wildlife rescue groups.

A team of veterinary specialists provides critical care and other specialty services at the teaching hospital, while continuing care and rehabilitation takes place at the CRC facility nearby on the Davis campus.

Volunteers provide about 7,000 hours of work per year, and volunteer opportunities are available to help with birds, cages and education programs.

The California Raptor Center also provides hands-on training in the care and management of birds of prey to those interested in rehabilitation. Volunteers offer open house events and educational programs to schools,environmental organizations and the university community.


Please join us and find out more about the activities of the California Raptor Center at the next Open House event October 23, 2010.

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