HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA (HPAI)

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.

Work-Related Injury & Illness

Work-Related Injury & Illness

Assessing Risk Factors for Work-Related Injury & Illness

Wildlife rehabilitation work is both rewarding and challenging. Some of those challenges include understanding the risks of work-related injury and zoonotic disease transmission associated with close contact to wildlife.

Previous research has pointed to zoonotic disease risks from close animal contact and lack of sufficient training on zoonoses and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) among veterinarians, marine mammal rehabilitators, and domestic animal shelter workers.

A study developed by Ramzi Eid (V 2015) and Drs. Woutrina Miller and Laurie Harris aims to evaluate risk factors among terrestrial wildlife rehabilitators by evaluating the results of an anonymous, online survey distributed nationally and internationally, which has been graciously pilot tested by people at the California Raptor Center.

The results of this study will include characterization of personal protective behaviors and zoonotic disease training, as well as an assessment of risk factors for work-related injury and illness. Ultimately, their goal is for this information to be used by wildlife rehabilitators to improve the health of workers and volunteers and to prevent injury and disease.