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!
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for animals, staff, volunteers, and visitors. Visitors must follow all posted instructions while visiting TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Every visitor is responsible for his or her personal safety and that of children or others under their supervision. By visiting TreeHouse Wildlife Center visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Visitors understand and agree that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. COVID-19 is spread in many different ways and visitors assume responsibility for any injury (including personal injury, disability or death), illness, damage, loss claim, liability, or expense arising out of or related to COVID-19 experienced or contracted in connection with a TreeHouse Wildlife Center visit. Visitors will waive and release all claims against TreeHouse Wildlife Center and its commissioners, officers, employees, volunteers and agents relative to the foregoing matters and agree that TreeHouse Wildlife Center is legally entitled to immunity in regard to any such claims.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
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