Virtual Private Tour - Get Up Close and Personal with Raptors!

Saturday, August 22nd @10am

If you have ever wondered…
Is a raptor a dinosaur?
Why do owls hoot?
What is the difference between a falcon and a hawk?
this your chance to find out! 


In this virtual encounter, you will meet several of the UC Davis Raptor Center’s ambassador birds while learning about raptor biology. CRC education specialist Julie Cotton will provide an overview of the world of raptors, describing the features that set raptors apart from other birds and delving into the differences and similarities between the hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and vultures. Find out why raptors do what they do and how they survive in the wild. Three raptor ambassadors will join the program: you will get an intimate look at a live Swainson’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and Great Horned Owl. All throughout the presentation, our education specialist will answer any questions you would like to ask about these amazing birds of prey. 


This interactive experience will run approximately one hour. All you need is a digital device and an internet connection!


RSVP for this event today!  Zoom Invite will be sent a day before this event. Address questions to


The Harvard Club of Sacramento is pleased to offer this event free of charge to our alumni community during the time of the pandemic. Donations to the Harvard Club of Sacramento are welcomed via this Paypal link.


Biography: Julie Cotton

Julie Cotton was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she spent her childhood enthralled by the urban wildlife that visited her family's yard. She majored in Environmental Studies (focus on ecology) and minored in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, she began volunteering at a local songbird rehabilitation clinic, and she interned as a field researcher in a gull breeding colony.

She came to UC Davis for graduate studies in animal behavior, and while in graduate school, she pursued her growing interest in wildlife rehabilitation and began volunteering at the California Raptor Center. She earned her master's degree in Animal Behavior in 2014. After a season as an avian research technician and a year as an educational interpreter at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Julie joined the staff of the CRC in early 2017.