MARCH 21, 2000

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138; pwright@csub.edu


FACT hosts open house April 1


The Facility for Animal Care and Treatment at California State University, Bakersfield will host Open House April 1 at the Environmental Studies Area on campus, 1 to 4 p.m.

Students and faculty will give tours and demonstrations of birds of prey. Educational gifts and souvenirs will be available for purchase to support the non-profit wildlife rescue and education program.

Visitors can:

- See a variety of local birds of prey, including Redtail Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red Shouldered Hawk, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Golden Eagle, and American Kestrel, as well as, songbirds, dragonflies, butterflies, squirrels, gophers, lizards, and more.

- Touch a live Horned Owl and study owl pellets to learn what wild owls have eaten.

- Take a Kit Fox walk and learn to recognize signs of Kit Fox.

- Learn about FACT's animal rescue and bird foster parent program.

- Buy T-shirts, zoo books, coloring books, cards and other educational materials.

Admission is free. FACT Open Houses are held on the first Saturday of each month during the school year. The next Open House is scheduled May 6. For more information, call 661/664-3167.