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Remotely located off of Old Davis Road on the UC Davis campus the California Raptor Center (CRC) is an interesting place to visit and understand more about raptors. Raptors are carniverous birds of prey that are distinguished by long sharp talons. CRC is an educational and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds of prey (raptors).

The CRC takes in more than 200 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors each year, successfully returning about 60% to the wild. They also provide hands-on training in the care and management of birds of prey to those interested in rehabilitation, and offer educational programs to schools, ecological and environmental organizations, and the university community.

After a long search to find the CRC I finally arrived mid afternoon. I walked around a series of cages that held a variety of raptors from eagles, hawks, owls and a falcon. I could tell that many of the birds had been injured. There is a small museum located at CRC that goes over some of the habits of raptors and included a display of some of the more common raptors. What is most striking about this place is it remoteness and the feeling that I got that this is a safe heaven for injured birds. A very well run facility and interesting to tour. Incidentally, for groups of six or more the CRC offers guided tours.

The CRC is open Weekdays and Saturday 10 to 4 pm.

Address: Off of Old Davis Road, UC Davis campus
Directions: If coming from campus, keep straight on Old Davis Rd , over the tracks. Go up a slight incline and turn left before the bridge. Follow the road until you come to a "Y" and take the left part of the "Y" down the incline and turn right into the lot.
Phone: 530-752-9994
Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor/index.cfm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 10, 2011
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