Where else can you hang out within a few feet of a golden eagle, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl and a couple kestrels? The California Raptor Center's fall open house this past October was another great hit with all ages.
In addition to seeing raptors up close, kids (and those young at heart) got to handle feathers from different birds of prey, dissect owl pellets and view the center's museum collection. Adults had the opportunity to engage in discussions on how lead ammunition has affected various raptors over the years and learn more about the behavior and biology of the birds who were out on the glove.
"Our volunteers are critical to the success of the raptor center and we couldn't pull off these community events without them," said Michelle Hawkins, director of the center. "They bring our ambassador birds out for visitors to see and answer questions for hours during our open house events each spring and fall."
After checking out the raptors, adults were treated to beer tasting from the Mendocino Brewing Company including brews named Red Tail Ale, Eye of the Hawk and Talon. Whole Foods Market was also on hand with bacon wrapped dates, a delicious cheese selection and other appetizers.
While the Open House events are free, the center greatly appreciates tax-deductible donations that help provide care and feeding of resident raptors, underwrite education programs, provide medication and medical supplies for rehabilitation, and maintain our unique facility.