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A couple of times a year, the community gets the unique opportunity for an eye-level look at the alpha dogs (so to speak) of the sky, thanks to the Ojai Raptor Center’s (ORC) open house. The center is home to eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls that have been injured in the wild and need rehabilitation. While many return to the thermals, some of the birds live out their lives at the ORC because their injuries are too severe to survive in the wild. Those raptors get the status of “ambassador” and participate with their handlers in educational events. Visitors to this week’s open house will meet the newest member of the ORC educational team, a broad-winged hawk. In addition, Dolly, resident condor from the Los Angeles Zoo, will make a special appearance with her handler, Mike Clark. There will also activities for children, a silent auction, and a chance to participate in the release of a raptor. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. The event takes place Sunday, April 12, noon-4 p.m., at the Ojai Raptor Center’s Rehabilitation Center (370 Baldwin Rd., Ojai). A donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, call 649-6884 or visit


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