Due to detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in wild birds near Davis, the California Raptor Center is not accepting new raptor patients at this time.

We are also temporarily closed to public visitation in order to protect our resident ambassador birds.

If you find a sick or injured raptor, you can still call our office at (530) 752-6091 for advice. 

You can read more about the CRC's HPAI response plan here.

Atherosclerosis in captive birds of prey

Atherosclerosis in captive birds of prey

Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries characterized by the deposition of plaques of fatty material on their inner walls that affects birds and humans. Drs. Charlene Lujan Vega, a veterinarian and master’s student in the Avian Sciences Graduate Group, along with Drs. Michelle Hawkins (Director of the California Raptor Center) and Kevin Keel (Associate Professor of Pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine) aim to retrospectively characterize this disease in tissues from non-releasable raptors that died of natural causes between 1986-2015.  We will evaluate evidence of the disease and potential risk factors including family, age, gender, origin and cholesterol concentrations.