Support The Aviary!

Effie Yeaw Nature Center is a primary provider of nature and environmental education across the Sacramento region. The raptors living at Effie Yeaw Nature Center are some of the most important members of our education team, serving as ambassadors both at the Nature Center and in the community. The current housing for these wonderful animals has outlived its purpose and improvements are vital and necessary to the raptors and community alike. To meet this critical need, a new aviary is planned that will provide enhanced housing, and ensure a comfortable and healthy environment for our raptors.

Information About the Aviary Development Process:

• We are incredibly grateful to the Crosbie Family for providing a generous donation that kick-started the aviary project. We are also grateful for a planning grant we received from the Wildlife Conservation Board.
• Staff and volunteers have been working with ArkhosTekton, Architects, Lionakis Architects and Ascent Environmental to develop a plan for the building of the aviary.
• Our goal is to have the planning phase, including all regulatory and permit requirements, completed within the next twelve months.
• The building of the aviary will be funded by additional grant funds and with your help.

Facts About the Aviary:

•The site for the new aviary, located behind the museum, is currently developed, used for program delivery, and designed to fit in with the natural surroundings of the Nature Center.
•The structure’s materials will blend with the existing buildings on the site including green standing seam metal roofing, fire resistant shingles for exterior walls, and coated wire mesh for raptor enclosures. Raptor enclosures will include an interior space where the animals can be secured each night, with exterior space giving access to fresh air, natural light, and room to spread their wings.
•The aviary will be fenced and have other security features that will provide protection for the facility and for the resident animals.
•A viewing plaza within the fenced area will be used for educational experiences for children and adults participating in educational programs in the space where similar programs are currently provided.
•The aviary will house at least six raptors. The planned aviary will be approximately 20 feet wide by 52 feet long by 13 feet high.

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