HONORING DAVID SNYDER
At this Saturday's Open House, the California Raptor Center will be honoring the memory of long-time donor and UC Davis alumnus David Snyder, who passed away earlier this year.
FEATURED RESIDENT: EMBER, BARN OWL
Ember and her siblings hatched sometime in the spring of 2018 in Clayton, a city near the foot of Mount Diablo in the East Bay area. Like many other barn owls in Northern California, the owlets began their lives nestled between the fronds of a palm tree. Cavity-nesters by nature, barn owls often select palm trees as sites to rear their broods, and Ember and her siblings had a very species-typical history during their first few weeks of life.
Everything came crashing down, quite literally, when tree trimmers pruned the palm tree, unaware of the nesting owls. All of the owlets tumbled to the ground, and in the fall Ember sustained a fracture to her left wing’s radius and ulna; her two siblings were uninjured. The owlets were brought to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience Hospital in Walnut Creek to be treated and raised to adulthood. After weeks of rehabilitation and veterinary care, Ember’s bones had mended well, but her wing continued to droop by her side—an indication of some underlying issue, perhaps nerve or tendon damage. Doubting the barn owl’s ability to fly strongly and silently, Lindsay Wildlife transferred her to the California Raptor Center for assessment.
VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT: ERIC LIN
Eric with Whistler the Swainson's hawk
A self-described "plant guy" by training, Eric Lin first came to the California Raptor Center in 2013 hoping to learn a little bit about the birds he occasionally saw standing on the T-shaped hawk perch where he worked. He quickly fell in love with the birds and the CRC and became involved in several aspects of rehabilitation and education.
“The first time I released a bird, I remember being so amazed by the amount of work and dedication everyone at the CRC had put into rehabilitating the bird for release. Putting an injured bird that you’ve helped rehabilitate back into the wild is an amazing feeling."