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Did You Know… ? Raptors in Ventura County


Did you know… that there are raptors living among us?

Raptors (birds of prey) have inspired a wonder in humans for thousands of years and it’s easy to understand why. Their ferocity, beauty, power, intelligence, and ability to live high above our heads captivate our imagination and triggers our curiosity. Just watching them glide through the air with wings spread wide evokes an awe and respect in all of us.

Totally Local VC's Kat Merrick and friend

Totally Local VC’s Kat Merrick and friend

Unfortunately, over the years there has been a decline in the raptor population due to human effect. Studies have shown that human-associated disturbance is the primary threat to our raptor populations. Ventura County’s skies were once filled with the site of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls gliding along over our hills, plains and river’s edge. But now they are sharing the same fate as most of the other wildlife that competes with man for open space. Their numbers diminish each year as creeks are channeled between concrete embankments or fields and hillsides are landscaped with buildings, asphalt, homes and lawns.

Saving our feathered friends

ORC Director Kim Stroud

ORC Director Kim Stroud and friend

Groups like the Ojai Raptor Center (ORC) are working hard to help protect and save these amazing creatures. The ORC is a local non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility located in Ojai and takes in an average of 1,000 animals a year. They specialize in raptors with the goal of rescuing, rehabilitating and ultimately releasing them back into the wild when they are ready.

You’re invited to ORC’s open house on April 12th

While the center is closed to the general public year-round, they do open their doors every once in a while by holding special events that give us a glimpse into their amazing work.

dyk-raptor-signThe Ojai Raptor Center is holding their Spring Open House, this coming Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Here you can see the Center’s trained, non-releasable “ambassador” raptors and have a rare, up-close encounter with these amazing creatures. The theme will be “Feathers and Flight,” where the newest ambassador of the ORC educational team, a Broad-Winged Hawk, will be debuting. There will be lots of fun activities for kids, stage presentations, Chumash stories, snacks and refreshments.

More info on the Ojai Raptor Center open house

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free. A $5 donation is suggested
Location: Ojai Raptor Center, 370 Baldwin Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
Phone: (805) 649-6884

Shuttles will run every 10 minutes from the Forest Home Ministries parking lot at 655 Burnham Road and the upper parking lot at Help of Ojai. Handicapped parking will be available. Keep an eye out for ORC signage and volunteers to direct you to park.

Image credits: Jeff Meredith, Ojai Raptor Center and Kat Merrick.



  1. cool place I went to the last open house

  2. beautiful bird

  3. It’s June 26, 2020, are you closed?

    • According to their website, “We are working with diminished personnel, we apologize for delays in response. If you have an animal in distress please call our hotline 805-649-6884.” Please contact them directly regarding their hours.

  4. can you tell me if/when you are having a spring open house this year?

    • For information on activities at the Ojai Raptor Center, please contact them directly.

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