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California Raptor Center

Raised toward our $2,500 Goal
24 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Raptors Go Digital!


We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters and the speed with which you have helped us approach our $2,500 goal. We are almost there! Because we are so close to meeting our initial goal, and we are only halfway through the month, we have created a stretch goal of $5,000. All donations above and beyond our equipment costs will not only go to free programs for Title 1 schools in Yolo, Solano, and Sacramento counties, but now we can extend that to schools in Butte, Yuba, Placer, and Amador counties as well! 

Thank you for supporting our education programs!


The education programs at the California Raptor Center (CRC) teach thousands of people annually about bird of prey biology and conservation. For many years, our travelling offsite programs brought live owls, hawks, and eagles to venues in our community, and our on-site programs welcomed hundreds of school groups and other visitors to our classroom and museum. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to suspend all of our traditional education programs.

Since then, we have been exploring new ways to bring raptor K-12 education to the community. COVID-19 changed the way the CRC teaches, but it did not change our educational mission. We remain determined to introduce the public to birds of prey to encourage appreciation, respect, and protection of these magnificent birds. We are reshaping our education programs with the goals of providing physically distanced virtual programs, digital educational content, and outdoor classes. To help teachers continue to provide biology-based curricula as they navigate the COVID world of teaching, our first priority is shoring up our K-12 offerings. To do this, we need to acquire audio/visual equipment to help us transition to developing digital educational content. Your donation will help make this transition possible.

Hawk on Zoom
Educational ambassador Swainson's Hawk "Grasshopper" goes virtual.

About your donation

Your gift to the Raptor Center Education Materials fund will directly support the development of digital and outdoor educational programs for teaching community members of all ages about raptors. Our current top priorities include acquiring the much-needed audio/visual equipment necessary to facilitate our streaming virtual programs and the development of online educational curriculum content for K-12 outreach. If the CRC receives gifts above the amount requested in our budget, the additional gifts will be allocated to providing online digital content free to Title 1 schools in Yolo, Solano, and Sacramento counties.

Photo session with a raptor
Photo session with a White-tailed Kite.

The California Raptor Center's core mission is rehabilitation, education, and science. The California Raptor Center (CRC) is committed to preserving and promoting the health of all raptor species, with an emphasis on species native to California. The CRC offers a valuable service by providing rehabilitative care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild raptors. Through our educational programs and a permanent collection of non-releasable birds, the CRC teaches thousands of members of the community every year about raptor biology and conservation. The CRC also collaborates with partners in the university and at other institutions to promote research that benefits raptors by improving their medical and rehabilitative care and providing a better understanding of their biology.

The California Raptor Center depends on donations, grant and foundation funding, and community support for most of its essential needs.

Educational Ambassador Bird and Visitor
Educational ambassador Swainson's Hawk "Whistler" with a young learner at Open House.


Choose a giving level


Power Up

Your gift of $25 will provide basic digital accessories such as cables, power supplies, and memory cards. We will include you in a group social media shout-out.


Stand Up

Your gift of $50 will provide literal support in the form of a tripod or floor stand. You will receive a personalized social media shout-out.


Heading Upstream

Your gift of $100 will provide supplies for our streaming virtual classes. You will receive a courtesy “Adopt-a-Bird” packet of a bird of your choosing, plus all of the above benefits.


Loud and Clear

Your gift of $200 will provide a full set of microphones and amplifiers for our outdoor classes. You will receive a personalized thank-you note, plus all of the above benefits.


Kit and Caboodle

Your gift of $500 will provide a full set of necessary camcorder accessories. You will receive a 30-minute virtual encounter with one of our educational ambassador birds, plus all of the above benefits.



Your gift of $1000 will provide for the purchase of a camcorder, allowing the production of high-quality educational videos about birds of prey. You will receive an hour-long private virtual encounter with several of our educational ambassador birds, plus all of the above benefits.

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