HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA (HPAI)

Due to detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in wild birds near Davis, the California Raptor Center is not accepting new raptor patients at this time.

We are also temporarily closed to public visitation in order to protect our resident ambassador birds. We will be reopening to public visitation soon.

If you find a sick or injured raptor, you can still call our office at (530) 752-6091 for advice. 

You can read more about the CRC's HPAI response plan here.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Due to detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in wild birds located within 100 miles of Davis, the California Raptor Center is not accepting new raptor patients at this time.

We are also temporarily closed to public visitation in order to protect the health of our resident ambassador birds.

We are saddened to have to make this decision, as rehabilitation and education are central to our mission. However, we have determined that due to our facility's layout and logistical limitations, we do not have the capacity to admit new patients and completely isolate them at a quarantine level sufficient to guarantee safety of our many permanent ambassador birds and the other patients that are currently in care. Both our ambassador birds and rehabilitation patients are housed on-site, and although they are in separate buildings located on opposite ends of the grounds, the highly contagious nature of this strain of H5N1 poses major risks for disease spread within a facility. Raptors have been particularly susceptible and suffer high mortality rates from this strain of H5N1.

If you find a sick or injured raptor, you can still call our office at (530) 752-6091 for advice. Some other wildlife centers in the area may still be accepting raptor patients. 

We are closed to public visitation as a precautionary measure to help prevent the accidental spread of HPAI by way of fomites. Fomites are inanimate objects that may become contaminated with a pathogen and transfer it to a new host. Fomites can include articles of clothing such as shirts and shoes, soil, equipment, and vehicles. HPAI is known to be easily transmitted on such objects. While new cases of HPAI are being detected in the local area, we are doing what we can to reduce foot traffic and vehicular traffic into the facility in order to decrease potential fomite transmission into the CRC. These measures includes closing our exhibits to public visitation until fewer cases of HPAI are detected locally.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we take steps to safeguard our resident raptors.

 

More information about HPAI can be found at the following links: