April 22, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu
or Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

FACT hosts 21st Annual Barbecue for the Birds

The California State University, Bakersfield Facility for Animal Care and Treatment will host the 21st Annual Barbecue for the Birds and Open House, Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m.

CSUB students and volunteers will conduct tours, talks and demonstrations featuring live birds of prey. There will also be young birds, such as Barn Owls, Great Horned Owls and Red Tail Hawks on display. Guests will also have the opportunity to dissect owl pellets and study the bones of animals eaten by the owls.

FACT director Marlene Benton said the barbecue is fun for the whole family and serves a worthy cause.

"Each year we treat about 400 birds and return them to their natural habitat," Benton said. "The barbecue is FACT's primary source of funds and keeps the facility running. We are dependent upon, and very appreciative of the community support we receive."

FACT opened in the mid-1970's. A retired CSUB professor developed the program to care for birds brought to him by the U.S. Department of Fish and Game. With the help of local veterinarians, students and volunteers, FACT has evolved into a raptor rehabilitation center. Since its inception, FACT has treated more than 20,000 birds.

Members of CSUB's 60+ Action Network will be selling nature gifts, such as FACT T-shirts, note cards, coloring books, Zoobooks, and other items.

There will be a raffle, door prizes, and silent and live auctions. Entertainment will be provided by "Rare and Endangered" (a folk Irish band featuring a hammer dulcimer) beginning at 5 p.m.
The open house begins at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and includes deep pit beef and turkey, barbecue beans and salsa, tossed salad, rolls, homemade desserts, and coffee and tea. Beer, wine and soda will be available.

FACT is located at the CSUB environmental studies area on the southeast side of the campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors age 60 and over, and children ages 5 through 12 are $6. Advance reservations are requested. Tickets can be purchased by calling (661) 664-3167 or online at www.csub.edu/fact/bbq.html.