researching infectious disease risk in rehabilitation centers
Rehabilitation centers are crucial for aiding injured birds of prey including hawks, falcons, owls and eagles. However, infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses can have health implications for the predatory birds and rehabilitation staff. Chlamydia psittaci (C. psittaci) is a bacteria that are of concern especially in birds of prey because they have the ability to infect other bird species and humans via close contact. Brittany Seibert, a previous volunteer with the CRC, performed this study for her Master’s thesis with Dr. Hawkins.
FEATURED RESIDENT: juliet, the turkey vulture
Juliet, the Turkey Vulture
Juliet came to us in October 1993. She was found on the ground, starving and unable to fly. A previously healed left-wing injury prevented normal flight, and despite months of physical therapy, full range of motion did not return to the wing. She was deemed non-releasable.
Juliet became a display bird in June 1994 and shared a cage in the visitor area with Balzac, a male turkey vulture who was imprinted on people. The two birds usually got along quite well together. Indeed, for many years we thought Juliet was also a male vulture—until summer 2002, when she laid an egg! Before that we had called her "Romeo," so under the circumstances, it seemed only right for us to change her name to Juliet.
VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT: Katrina reethof-bower
Katrina Reethof-Bower and Grasshopper the Swainson's hawk on the glove
By Katrina Reethof-Bower
I am Katrina Reethof-Bower, and I am a junior at University of Pittsburgh this upcoming Fall. I am currently majoring in Communication Rhetoric, and I plan to add a double major in Public and Professional Writing and a certificate in Digital Media. I grew up on the east coast about 30 minutes from Philadelphia, so the weather in California was a treat for me. I always wanted to live in California, so having the opportunity to test it out has been a dream.
I landed an internship at the California Raptor Center after a myriad of emails between many different people. It started when my aunt, who is a salesperson at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, met with a new client, Sue Williams. During one of their conversations, my aunt happened to mention that her niece, me, was looking for a Summer internship. Sue, who is now retired from UC Davis, told my aunt she would ask her friends that still worked here. One of Sue’s contacts, Lisa Wells, put me in touch with Tom Hinds and Kristin Burns. Through Kristin, I started emailing with Dr. Michelle Hawkins, and now I am the Summer intern/volunteer for the Raptor Center.
This summer, I will worked with the Raptor Center’s marketing team, Kristin Burns and Eunah Cho at the One Health Institute. My tasks to update the CRC’s website and handle the social media accounts. Some major projects that I worked on included the website timeline, staff and volunteer biography paragraphs, and social media post generation. I was very excited to have the chance to learn different marketing techniques and to meet a lot of new people.
Congratulations to bret for 30 years at the california raptor center
The CRC has undergone many changes and transformations over the years, but one thing that has stayed consistent and steady throughout is our beloved Operations Manager Bret Stedman.
Bret Stedman, Operations Manager of the California Raptor Center
Bret received special recognition from UC Davis for his 30 years working at the CRC (technically 37 years if you count his 7 additional years as a volunteer)! Thank you for your many years training volunteers and rehabilitating raptors at the CRC.
Fall Open House: Saturday, October 19