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Spring Event for the Birds at California Raptor Center

April 1, 2011

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April 1, 2011

You are cordially invited to a free Spring Open House at the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, April 30, 2011. We will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and there will be special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and noon. No reservations are required.

We also invite visitors to join our Hawk Walk, which starts at the CRC gate at 8:00 a.m. and finishes at 9:00 a.m. (bring binoculars). 

Special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and noon 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 who was featured on Huell Howser’s California’s Gold television show). Our onsite museum room will also be open.


The California Raptor Center takes in, treats and rehabilitates more than 200 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors (birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, vultures and owls) each year, successfully returning about 60% of the birds to the wild. Birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in our Education Program.

We also provide hands-on training in the care and management of birds of prey to those interested in rehabilitation, and offer educational programs to schools, environmental organizations and other members of the public. Injured birds may receive evaluation and care at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where veterinary faculty treat the animals while teaching veterinary students and providing advanced training in avian medicine and surgery to veterinary residents. The program is jointly managed by Drs. William Ferrier and Michelle Hawkins of the School of Veterinary Medicine. 


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 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. Then turn right into the CRC parking lot. Parking is free.

For a map, visit our Web Site at

The Open House is free. However, donations are especially needed to further our mission and will be gratefully accepted.

Media Contacts:

Jo Cowen, Education Coordinator, 530-752-9994

Lis Fleming, Education Program,