We see them flying high over the fields, perched on telephone lines or nestled atop tree branches, but the impressive birds of prey that call Sonoma County home are rarely seen up close and personal, until now. The Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa this weekend opens its doors for its second annual Festival of Feathers, allowing for close encounters with the array of owls, falcons and hawks that reside at the rehabilitation and education center. This family-oriented afternoon will include a silent auction and raffle, and kid-friendly activities, all benefiting the nonprofit center dedicated to rescuing and releasing our orphaned and injured feathered friends. The Festival of Feathers takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Bird Rescue Center, 3430 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 11am—4pm. Free. 707.523.2473.