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Explorit's Summer Blast Soars with West Coast Falconry


This article appeared in the August 18, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Explorit's Summer Blast Soars with West Coast Falconry

Mariposa, the female Harris' Hawk. Photo by West Coast Falconry.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Science will take wing at Explorit’s Summer Science Blast event on Sunday, August 27 with a little help from West Coast Falconry. Expert falconers will be on hand to display awesome birds of prey.


Our avian guests will include Enkidu, a male Aplomado Falcon, most commonly found in South America, and Zopilote, a male Lesser Yellow Faced Vulture. Although he’s not a raptor, Zopilote is native to South America and is resembles a small turkey vulture.


Making his educational debut at Explorit will be West Coast Falconry’s male Eastern Gray Screech Owl, Hamish. Hamish is the eastern counterpart to the western screech owl and displays the more common grey color morph. Some of his fellow screech owls display a rarer red morph.


And featured in West Coast Falconry’s presentation will be Mariposa, a female Harris’ Hawk whose flight will wow the crowd. Unlike most raptors, Mariposa and other Harris’ Hawks are very social animals.


You can learn more about the birds and the work of West Coast Falconry at Don’t miss this amazing opportunity for a face-to-face encounter with a bird of prey.


Other features at the Summer Science Blast include UCD Chemistry & Physics Shows, Citrus Circuits Robotics, Davis Fire Dept., Honey Tastings & Bees, Insects/Critters, Whymcycles, Astronomy Club, Hands-on Activities, Food Vendors including Steve’s Pizza & Jamba Juice and more.

Tickets for Explorit’s Summer Science Blast are on sale now at, and  Adults are $10, children 5-10 are $5, ages 4 and under are free. Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Join Explorit to revel in a rare astronomical event on Monday, August 21 as we experience the solar eclipse. Drop by between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. to check in with our Astronomy Club, enjoy some hands-on astronomy activities and witness the progress of the eclipse to its peak at 10:17 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition.

●      Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.

●      Interested in membership? Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up.

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! Choose Super Birthday Party topics to make this a special event. Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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