The California Raptor Center holds its spring open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, preceded by a “Hawk Walk,” which starts at the center’s gate at 8 a.m. and finishes at 9 a.m.
The open house and Hawk Walk are free, but donations will be accepted with gratitude, especially this year because of recent severe budget cuts. Special presentations are planned at 10 a.m. and noon.
Raptor Center staff members care for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever possible. Birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in the center’s education program.
The presentations will demonstrate features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many nonreleasable 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).
The onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other Raptor Center souvenirs will be for sale.
To get to the Raptor Center 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 California Raptor Center parking lot. Parking is free.
For a map, visit www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor.