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CSU Bakersfield Holds Winter Open House at FACT
January 23, 2013
California State University, Bakersfield announces a free Open House at Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) on campus at the Environmental Studies Area (ESA) on Saturday, Feb. 2. The open house will be operating from 1 pm-4 pm and is free to all.
FACT is a wildlife rescue/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, conduct tours of the facility and offer classroom programs for thousands of Kern County school children each year. As a unique project of CSUB’s Biology Department, FACT is supported by an annual fund-raising barbecue, members of Friends of FACT, and the sale of gift items at open houses held throughout the year.
During the open house, guided tours of FACT will feature talks and demonstrations with live birds of prey, including hawks, owls and a golden eagle. CSUB Biology students will also give visitors an opportunity to make a journal from recycled materials and participate in an interactive scavenger hunt. Members of CSUB's 60+ Club will be on hand to sell nature gifts, T-shirts, note cards, coloring books, zoobooks, and other items.
This month we will be moving our resident golden eagle, Holley, into her new enclosure. This is a project that has been years in the making and is finally complete. We will be making the move at 2:00 p.m. Come see how she likes the new space.
The public is encouraged to visit the FACT webpage and discover more about the center as well as the items that are currently on the wish list. Wish list items will be collected during the open house. The wish list can be found at http://www.csub.edu/fact/registry.htm
To get to FACT, enter campus through the south entrance off Camino Media Boulevard (Roadrunner Drive). Turn right into Parking Lot I and, at the softball field backdrop, follow the dirt road over the bike path to the parking area.