UC Davis Raptor Center comes to Peña Adobe Park

UC Davis Raptor Center employee Caily Cavanaugh with Luna the great-horned owl. Luna, found as a chick in Stockton, California, has been a resident bird at the center since 2014. Courtesy photo.

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Julie Cotton, Outreach Coordinator for the California Raptor Center, seeks to introduce people of all ages to raptors and their habitats, and to encourage appreciation, respect and protection of these magnificent birds. When a bird of prey is sick, injured or lacking the ability to survive in the wild, it can often mean the end of its life, or, after receiving the best of care, some birds still cannot be released. The California Raptor Center (CRC) provides a home for non-releasable birds and uses them as educators. Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and American Kestrels can almost always be found in their enclosures. Their museum and permanent collection of living raptors, located at 1340 Equine Ln., Davis, is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The CRC will share these birds with Peña Adobe Park visitors from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring a camera and binoculars to see the additional wildlife that is often spotted in the park. Visitors can explore the Indian Council grounds, hike to the pioneer graves or take advantage of the picnic tables, bring a lunch and listen to the music of the Vacaville Acoustic Jam.

The Jam meet to sing and play music on acoustic instruments (guitars, mandolins, banjo’s, harmonicas, fiddles, voices, etc.). They started over two years ago at the McBride Senior Center and meet every first and third Wednesday each month between 6–9 p.m.
Tour the Peña Adobe Park will tour the California Historical Landmark #534 Peña Adobe, built by the Peña family in 1842 and the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum. Docents will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions about the Peña family, who together with the Vaca family settled in the Vacaville area in 1842. This event is free and there is no charge for admission into the historical park, adobe or museum. For questions call 707-447-0518.For more information, e-mail penaadobe@gmail.com.

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