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Introducing Merry and Pippin

April 27, 2020

"Hobbits really are amazing creatures, as I have said before." -Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

Volunteer Spotlight: Joleen Maiden

April 27, 2020
Volunteering Champ

Joleen fell in love with birds when she was about 7 years old. A friend's talking parrot was what first captured her attention–she got her own first large parrot in 1981 and hired a behaviorist, who ultimately introduced her to Bird Rescue of Santa Rosa. She became a raptor rehabilitation volunteer at Bird Rescue and has continued on and off for the past 38 years.

Generous Gift from the Avangrid Foundation

February 04, 2020

Thanks to a generous gift from Avangrid Foundation the California Raptor Center is able to expand the role of our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Cotton.  She will develop educational programs for students and volunteers and will work with our ambassador birds, providing training and ensuring their best welfare. Julie’s position also provides greater access to CRC staff when local wildlife groups and the public bring injured birds to the center.

Studying Atherosclerosis in Raptors

February 04, 2020

Dr. Lujan-Vega studied veterinary medicine at the oldest university in America (founded in 1551), Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. She obtained her veterinary degree in 2012 there and then completed her master’s degree in Avian Sciences at UC Davis in 2015 with Dr.