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California Raptor Center Holds Open House May 5 in Davis

April 11, 2012

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Raptor Center open house, May 5, 2012

April 11, 2012

The public is cordially invited to Spring Open House at the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Davis, California. The Open House and Hawk Walk are free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

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.  We also invite people 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).

At the center, we care for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever we can. Some 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, 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.

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 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 California Raptor Center, administered by the School of Veterinary Medicine, works closely with veterinarians based at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to provide any needed veterinary care for injured animals and to train veterinary students how to handle the health issues of birds of prey.

Thank you to CRC volunteer Sallie Reynolds for this photo of fellow volunteer Liz Williamson.