March 29, 2012 — The Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) will host a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Environmental Studies Area at California State University, Bakersfield. The event also includes a baby bird shower with a registry of gift items.
Visitors to the open house can see a variety of local birds of prey including red-tailed hawks, Cooper's hawks, great horned owls, barn owls, and golden eagles as well as songbirds, turtles and frogs. CSUB biology students will give visitors the opportunity to make a recycled journal, go on a scavenger/Easter egg hunt and take tours to learn about FACT's animal rescue program.
Right now is baby bird season, and FACT has several rescued babies that have been brought into the facility. Under the direction of FACT Coordinator Marlene Henlsey-Benton, CSUB students help raise the birds for release back into the wild once they reach maturity. Visitors are invited to participate in a baby bird shower by donating items from the "shower registry" (see attached). Examples of items include pans for bird food, shredded cardboard bedding and heating pads.
"Having items donated provides an opportunity for the visitors to be involved with the baby birds' care. The donations help free up funding to be used on more specialized items that are needed when caring for wildlife," Hensley-Benton said.
Additionally during the open house, volunteers from CSUB's 60+ Club will sell educational gifts and souvenirs including zoo books, coloring books, cards and other educational materials to support FACT.
FACT's mission is to serve as a wildlife rescue, conservation and education project for CSUB. FACT hosts an open house on the first Saturday of each month October through May.
To get to FACT, enter campus on Roadrunner Drive from Camino Media Boulevard. Turn right into Parking Lot I and, at the softball field backdrop, follow the dirt road over the bike path to the parking area.
For more information about FACT, call (661) 654-3167 or visit www.csub.edu/fact.
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Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications