Vendor Booth items are restricted to handmade arts, crafts, and homemade canned goods. Space is limited to the first 35 approved vendors.
Education Booths must be interactive and approved by TreeHouse.
New visiting hours during the COVID health crisis.
TreeHouse Wildlife Center's outdoor grounds are open to the public from 10am-4pm. The Education Center will remain closed. There will be no restroom facilities available for visitors. We also ask that social distancing be respected outside. Please, please help us by following our guidelines and be kind to our staff and volunteers as we navigate through the requirements placed by state and federal guidelines. We need to ensure we do not jeopardize any state or federal permits that could result in permanently closing our facility.
We hope to be back to normal visiting hours soon. We will be reevaluating our policies weekly. Thank you!
Isaac Newton -
2020 Critter of the Year
The results are final. Our 2020 Critter of the Year is Turkey Vulture, Isaac Newton. Isaac Newton was admitted to TreeHouse on May 29, 2014 from Palmyra, IL as a nestling. He was found after his nest was accidentally destroyed during the demolition of an old farmhouse. Isaac had a wing and neck injury from the accident which required a lot of care for him to recover but unfortunately he became human imprinted. Isaac is quite the character and often will come up to greet guests. Friends and family of Isaac Newton's Guardian, Col. Steven Miller (Ret), created a vote campaign to honor both of them. Thank you to everyone who sent in votes, drawings, and donations. It was a wonderful experience receiving so many kind words and to see how many people have made connections with the permanent residents.
Turkey Vultures are a very interesting species and are valuable environmental stewards.
Here are some interesting facts from the Audubon California Kern River Preserve:
1. The turkey vulture’s scientific name is Cathartes aura which is Latin for "cleansing breeze".
2. With their bald red head and dark feathers, they were given the common name turkey vulture due to its superficial resemblance to the Wild Turkey.
3. Turkey vultures are the only scavenger birds that can't kill their prey. A close inspection of their feet reminds one of a chicken instead of a hawk or an eagle. Their feet are useless for ripping into prey, but the vultures have powerful beaks that can tear through even the toughest cow hide.
4. Turkey vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell. They have been known to be able to smell carrion from over a mile away which is very unique in the bird world. The turkey vulture has the largest olfactory (smelling) system of all birds.
Check out more facts here: http://www.kern.audubon.org/tvfacts.htm