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California Raptor Center Open House October 22

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Volunteer Justin Ai holds “Buddy,” a Great Horned Owl that is part of the education program at the California Raptor Center.

October 1, 2011

The public is cordially invited to Fall Open House at the California Raptor Center on Saturday, October 22, 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 12:00 p.m. 

Visitors can also see a new cage facility that will be dedicated at 9:30 a.m. The cage area includes five isolation cages where birds will recuperate away from the public eye and a flight cage where they can develop their wing strength before release. 

We also invite people to join our Hawk Walk which starts at the center's gate at 8:00 a.m. and finishes at 9:00 a.m. (Bring binoculars.) 

At the center, we care for injured 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. Center staff work closely with the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital faculty to provide veterinary treatment, and animals stay at the raptor center to grow stronger. Veterinary students learn to repair broken wings, assess injuries and provide other veterinary care as they help care for the animals during veterinary school.

The special presentations demonstrate fascinating features of biology and ecology of birds of prey, 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, and Spar, the American Kestrel, who have both been featured with Huell Howser on public television). Our onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other CRC souvenirs will be for sale.

The Open House and Hawk Walk are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Directions: From Interstate 80 take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old Davis Road heading to south campus, away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and keep going toward the Putah Creek Bridge. Watch for 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 to the left off the levee. Then turn right into the California Raptor Center parking lot. Parking is free. For a map visit our website at www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor

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Media Contacts:

Jo Cowen, Education Coordinator, 530-752-9994
Lis Fleming, Education Program, lfleming@cal.net