Saturday Outdoors: Raptors, Plants and Sketches

Woman holds Swainson's hawk.
Volunteer Rachel Avila is out and about at the California Raptor Center with one of the center’s education ambassadors, Grasshopper, a light-morph Swainson’s hawk. (Eunah Cho, UC Davis photo)

Sometimes you can do it all! This Saturday (Oct. 21), start with a Hawk Walk at 8 a.m. (and stay for the California Raptor Center open house), attend the arboretum plant sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and then join a campus “sketchcrawl,” 12:30 p.m. until about 4:30.

Raptor Center Fall Open House — A family-oriented event, fun-filled and educational. Self-guided tour available, and you’ll have the opportunity for up-close viewing of the center’s resident ambassador birds, when handlers have the birds “on the glove.” The center’s museum will be open, and T-shirts, plush toys and other souvenirs will be available for purchase.

  • Hawk Walk — Bring binoculars; meet at the gate at 8 a.m. The California Raptor Center is off Old Davis Road south of Interstate 80; see directions here.
  • Open house — 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Special presentations — Topics include raptor rehabilitation, identification, conservation and adaptations, 10 a.m. and noon.
  • Pizza and beer tasting — Samples provided by Hot Italian and Mendocino Brewing Co., noon-2 p.m.

Free admission; donations welcome. More information on the California Raptor Center.

Plants for sale at Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Plant sale Saturday (Oct. 21) is the second of three to be held this season. (Katie Hetrick/UC Davis photo)

Arboretum Plant Sale — The public is invited to shop from one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, low-water, easy-care, regionally-appropriate plants perfect for a “Life After Lawn” habitat, including lots of California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden receive 10 percent off their purchases; new members receive an additional gift of $10 off as a thank-you gift for joining. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. Free admission. Free parking in Lot 55 (in front of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital) and the Putah Creek Lodge parking lot, both off Garrod Drive. More information on this season's arboretum plant sales. Watch a video.

Pete Scully sketch of Hart Hall
A Pete Scully sketch of Hart Hall.

Campus “Sketchcrawl” — Let’s Draw Davis! invites people to meet at 12:30 p.m. on the Memorial Union’s North Courtyard, where UC Davis staff member Pete Scully and sketcher will present a quick demonstration of how he sketches his favorite subject — fire hydrants. Then, participants will go off individually or in groups, whatever people prefer, before meeting up again at 4:30 p.m. to have a look at one another’s sketchbooks. The day will include a scavenger hunt, hunting for a list of things to find and sketch. “You don’t have to follow it,” Scully said, “but, if you do, you’ll get a sticker!” Free and open to the public — and kid-friendly. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on! (And if you run out of those, the campus bookstore has great art supplies.)      

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