Meet a hawk, up close & personal

Racine Barton of the CRC, with a Swainson’s Hawk named “Grasshopper.” (Courtesy photo)

Racine Barton of the CRC, with a Swainson’s Hawk named “Grasshopper.” (Courtesy photo)


From the California Raptor Center
Davis, California

The public is invited to spring open house at the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, May 4.. Admission to the open house and “hawk walk” are free.

Donations are welcome.

The open house will last from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and there will be special presentations given at 10:00 a.m and noon. Visitors are invited to join our Hawk Walk which starts at 8 a.m. at the CRC gate (bring binoculars).

CRC cares 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 our education program.

The special presentations wat the open house 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 the late Huell Howser on public television). The CRC’s 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 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 CRC parking lot.

Parking is free. For a map visit our Web site at Do not use GPS: it directs you to the wrong place.


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