MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear Friends of the California Raptor Center,
We had a fantastic 2017, with a very successful fundraising campaign to help us rebuild some of our much-needed rehabilitation caging. This will allow us to begin construction to add 12 or more new “mews” (cages) for rehabilitation this year, while moving forward to raise additional funds to add on additional mews to the building over time. Thank you to the School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1967 for their generous gift that moved this project forward in 2018! Stay tuned for information on our ground-breaking for this new rehabilitation building, and on the renovation of several others in the near future!
We are also incredibly excited to finally be taking our museum into the 21st century after the new roof, painting and cleaning of the floors late last year. Our education team is working hard to digitize some of our rehabilitation stories for our new digital displays to give you a “birds eye” view of the types of cases we see, and how we treat them. Stop by and see our new displays!
This year, we have added several new birds to our educational programs. These are unreleasable birds that are calm and adapted well to a life in captivity. Stop by and meet them either on your own, or during Biodiversity Museum Day this coming Saturday, February 17. In the newsletter meet Wes, one of our newest educational Western screech owl ambassadors!
None of these activities would occur without the devotion of our CRC volunteers. Therefore each quarter we will introduce you to one of our amazing volunteers. In this newsletter meet Billy Thein, a long-term volunteer who has helped advance every aspect of the Center over the years. If you are able to attend Biodiversity Museum Day or our Spring/Fall Open Houses, be sure to say hello to him!
Happy 2018 everyone and look forward to seeing you at the Center soon!
Director, California Raptor Center