The California Raptor Center is currently closed to the public.
Following the university's suspended operations directive and Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide stay-at-home order, the California Raptor Center is currently closed to the public, and all education programs are postponed until further notice.
We are still accepting sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital between 8 am and 5 pm.
If you have found a sick, injured, or orphaned bird of prey, please follow these instructions and drop the bird off at the Small Animal Clinic admissions desk (directions available here). If it is after hours, please hold the bird overnight and call the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital the following day at (530) 752-1393. You can also refer to this list of local wildlife rehabilitation centers that may be able to assist you with your wildlife emergency.
We apologize for any inconvenience. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will provide updates on this website and by social media. You can visit our Facebook page to see the latest news from the CRC.
Spring is a good time of year to watch local raptors in the wild. Here are just a few things happening right now in the greater Sacramento area:
- Swainson's Hawks are returning to the area from their overwintering sites in Central and South America and are initiating nesting
- Many Great Horned Owls and Barn Owls are raising young, and some juveniles have recently fledged (left the nest)
- Many of the local hawk species are on eggs or raising young
You might be able to watch some of these things from your own backyard. Keep your eyes to the sky to spot Swainson's Hawks - watch for their distinct wing markings and flight profile, and listen for their calls. If you're near a greenbelt or bike path in Davis, look up in the trees for the city's Barn Owl boxes. At dusk, you might see or hear the adults take flight, and you may also hear the raspy begging calls of the young from within the box.
Can't get outside to watch local raptors? Thanks to video streaming technology, you can get an up-close view from your own home. To watch raptor nest cams from around the country, follow the links in the blue box or visit this page.