April 30, 2013 - CSU Bakersfield's Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) will host a free open house and "baby bird shower" from 1 pm to 4 pm Saturday, May 4, in the Environmental Studies Area at CSUB. FACT specializes in rehabilitating birds indigenous to this area while giving CSUB biology students hands-on experience with wildlife. Admission and parking are free.
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 hunt and take tours to learn about FACT's animal rescue program.
Spring is baby bird season, and FACT has several rescued chicks that have been brought into the facility. Under the direction of FACT Coordinator Marlene Hensley-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 below). 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 personally engaged with the baby birds' care. The donations allow our modest funding to be used on more specialized items that are needed for animal rehabilitation," 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. The next open house won't be until October 2013, so all are encouraged to visit FACT on May 4th, bring items from the registry and see the birds.
To get to FACT, enter campus on the south side of 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.
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