Community members are invited to the California Raptor Center’s spring open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Special presentations are planned at 10 a.m. and noon.
A Hawk Walk starts at 8 a.m.; guests are advised to bring binoculars.
Both the open house and Hawk Walk are free, but donations are especially welcome because of recent budget cuts.
Staff and volunteers at the California Raptor Center on the UC Davis campus care for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever possible. Some of the birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in the center’s education program.
The presentations May 4 will demonstrate 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. Among the birds that visitors can meet will be Mikey, a red-shouldered hawk, and Spar, an American kestrel, both of whom were featured on the late Huell Howser’s public television show.
The center’s onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other souvenirs will be for sale.
To reach the center, take the UC Davis exit off Interstate 80 and turn south on Old David 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 Raptor Center’s parking lot. Parking is free.
Do not use GPS; it directs visitors to the wrong place. For a map, visit www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor.