1ST FLOAT T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER: SUCCESS!
Thanks to the wonderful team at FLOAT (For Love Of All Things) and the generosity of our supporters, we successfully raised $2,700 for the California Raptor Center in just 1 week! We worked with FLOAT's talented artists to develop the burrowing owl design emblazoned on limited edition t-shirts that were available for purchase between August 22-29 only, during which time we received $8 from every item sold.
FEATURED RESIDENT: KALLI, AMERICAN KESTREL
Kalli, our resident American kestrel
Kalli the American kestrel quickly won over the hearts of our volunteers, and she is sure to do the same for anyone who gets to meet her at the CRC. She arrived here in January of 2017, having been transferred over from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, where she was dropped off in the fall of 2016 by a family that had, by all appearances, kept her (illegally) as a pet.
She arrived at Lindsay Wildlife with nutritional deficiencies because her finders had not fed her a complete, kestrel-appropriate diet for at least a month. Thanks to the medical treatment she received from licensed wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians, she is now a physically healthy bird.
WELCOME JULIE, OUR NEW VOLUNTEER & EDUCATION COORDINATOR!
Julie with Simon the burrowing owl
We are pleased to officially welcome the newest staff member to our small team, Julie Cotton!
Julie was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she spent her childhood enthralled by the urban wildlife that visited her family's yard. She spent her early teenage years convinced that, like a true Washingtonian, she needed to become a lawyer, but her love of biology prevailed, and by high school she was taking college-level marine science classes and interning at the National Zoo.
She went to Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate major in Environmental Studies (focused on ecology) and minor in Anthropology. While in St. Louis, she began volunteering at Wild Bird Rehabilitation, a local songbird rehabilitation clinic, and she continued her field studies with an internship doing research in a gull colony. She joined the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UC Davis in 2011 to pursue a graduate degree in animal behavior.
Julie helping a volunteer adjust Luna's jesses
Before she even moved to Davis, she knew she wanted to continue volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation, so she contacted Bret Stedman at the California Raptor Center and was lucky enough to begin volunteering in her first quarter of grad school. She earned her Master's Degree in 2014 (while still a CRC volunteer), worked for a year at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek as an educational interpreter, and began her official position at the CRC in the beginning of 2017.
Please welcome Julie Cotton, our new Education & Volunteer Coordinator!