Editor's note: The Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek may be better known, but Hayward's Sulphur Creek Nature Center also provides rehabilitation for orphaned and injured native wildlife. It's open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with an active program of adult and children's classes. 1801 D St., Hayward, (510) 881-6747.
Raul Alvarez, who does a photo blog for San Leandro Patch, recently turned his camera on some of the Sulphur Creek denizens
I've been taking my kids to Sulphur Creek Nature Center for about two and a half years. They really enjoy watching the animals that they take care of. Sulphur Creek is a wildlife education and rehabilitation center on D Street in Hayward. This place takes care of animals that would not be able to survive in the wild due to their injuries. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of capturing these magnificent animals through these 2+ years.
They have programs that educate students, the community and visitors about local wildlife.
One of my favorite animals to photograph is Goldie. He’s a golden eagle that has been at Sulphur Creek for a few years.
If you like snakes, foxes, turtles, coyotes or just like animals, then this is the place to come by and visit. They also have the fastest bird in the world, the peregrine falcon.
And best of al,l it's free!
You can find more information here: http://www.haywardrec.org/sulphurcreek.html
Editor's note: You can see more of Raul's work at www.raaphoto.com