Join POST and Santa Clara County Parks for an educational experience like no other: Raptor Fest! This incredible event will highlight very important species of raptors, who play an integral role in the health of our ecosystems!

This free educational event will feature presentations and a chance to visit local wildlife and conservation nonprofits or groups who work to protect vital species in the Bay Area. The event will be hosted at Rancho San Vicente, a newer addition to Calero County Park that was protected by POST, and is rapidly becoming a destination to view a variety of raptors.

This is a unique opportunity to see and learn about birds of prey and the importance of conservation in our communities. Presentations will include Master Falconer Kenny Elvin of Full Circle Falconry. Kenny Elvin will be providing a 45-minute falconry presentation several times during the event. Kenny will share about the history of falconry as well as the biology and habits of raptors. The presentation may involve a flight demonstration depending on conditions. A representative of Santa Clara County Parks will open the falconry presentation by sharing their efforts to protect raptors throughout the park system.

The event will also include a display of rescued Raptors by Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC), and an informational activity station from the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, two great organizations working to rehabilitate and care for rescued wildlife in our region. 

Seating for the presentations will be on the ground. Please come prepared with a picnic blanket, a jacket, and sun protection to help you be comfortable sitting in the open field. Low-profile chairs will be allowed, but we will ask that you set-up behind guests seated on blankets.

Please note that a shuttle service is required and provided for this event as there is limited parking at the event site. All shuttle riders will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the shuttle trip. Please read below for further COVID guidelines for the rest of the event. Contact us if you have any special accommodation needs. We hope to see you there and that you enjoy Raptor Fest!

This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public as well as POST donors, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Learn more about how you can support POST here: openspacetrust.org/support

**Please note this event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Keep an eye on your inbox closer to the date of the event for updates and news**

COVID-19 Guidelines: In compliance with the state of California Department of Public Health Guidance, we ask that all unvaccinated individuals wear a mask while participating in this event unless otherwise exempt. In addition, we ask that you do not attend this event if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms including: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. You will be asked to confirm agreement to this policy during the registration process. While masks are not mandatory for vaccinated people, they are recommended to be worn for as much of the event as is possible. Guests are to be extra mindful of socially distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance with other guests at all times, including during registration and while listening, unless you are part of the same household. Masks will be required for all participants during the short shuttle ride to and from the parking location.

Directions to Rancho San Vicente

Please note, this event is taking place at the Rancho San Vicente addition to Calero County Park, north of the main entrance to Calero. See below for more directions.

From Highway 101 exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and head west.  Head west on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd. Turn right and continue about 1.7 miles. The parking lot for the Rancho San Vicente trailhead will be on your left.

In 2009, POST purchased the 966-acre Rancho San Vicente from private developers, who had originally intended to build a luxury housing development. This property is an important piece in completing a 15-mile greenbelt from Los Gatos to near Highway 101 in Morgan Hill.

POST has since transferred the property to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to establish public use trails. It’s now open for you to explore and enjoy. 

About the Hosts

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Santa Clara County Parks has a six-decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in California. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land.

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