CSUB’s FACT to hold 26th annual Barbecue for the Birds

September 22, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

The 26th annual Facility for Animal Care and Treatment Barbecue for the Birds and Open House is scheduled at California State University, Bakersfield's Environmental Studies Area on Saturday, Oct. 4. The free open house begins at 2 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

Tours of FACT feature talks and demonstrations with live birds of prey. A number of young birds, such as barn owls, great horned owls, and red-tail hawks will be on display.

CSUB biology students will give visitors an opportunity to dissect owl pellets and study the bones of animals eaten by the owls.

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

Dinner includes deep-pit beef and turkey, barbecue beans and salsa, tossed salad, rolls, homemade desserts, coffee and tea. Beer, wine and soda will be available.

A silent auction will take place during the open house and dinner. A live auction will begin after dinner, along with an opportunity drawing. Door prizes will awarded at the end of the evening.

Dinner tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and CSUB Students, and $6 for children 5-12. Reservations should be made in advance. For details or reservations, please call (661) 654-3167 or email FACT at fact@csub.edu.

FACT is a wildlife rescue and conservation education project founded in 1975 by Ted Murphy, CSUB emeritus professor of biology. FACT students and volunteers care for hundreds of injured or orphaned birds of prey and conduct tours of the facility and classroom programs for thousands of Kern County school children each year.

FACT is supported by the annual barbecue, members of Friends of FACT and the sale of gift items.