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Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka

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Working to protect and rehabilitate the state's many species of predatory birds, Alaska Raptor Center is one of the most extensive organizations of its kind in the country. The facility is set on nearly 7 ha (17 acres) of forest and is home to birds of prey, some of whom will be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild and some of whom are permanent residents due to their injuries. One of the center's crowning features is its massive flight training center, an enclosed outdoor area where recovering eagles can practice the hunting, landing, and flight skills that may have degraded during their incapacitation. Be sure to watch the birds in action from the viewing corridor. Using our world travel planner, Sitka attractions like Alaska Raptor Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This centre is located about 1-1.5 kilometers from Sitka town. There's a lovely direct walkway you can use through the forest. Easy to find. Or you can take the bus for $2 per person each way. Well th...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Everyone has to do something, these folks save in Raptors and return them to the wilderness. Large enclosures, in beautiful habitats make this an excellent place to visit.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Part of a tour we took this month (Aug. 2017) and a real highlight. Well set up and managed - this center cares for and attempts to release injured or sick raptors. Those who are unable to be released...  more »
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  • May 16, 2017
    We took an excursion off the cruise ship and toured this facility last Wednesday. This place is a top notch place, great educated and respectful employees, very clean and we'll taken care of facility. Highly recommended.
  • June 10, 2016
    Unlike the Fortress of the Bears (oh, man, so depressing!), the Raptor Center delivers on up-close, personal encounters with majestic eagles and owls. A camera with a good zoom will do you well here, as there are many opportunities to snag dramatic shots of the birds the Raptor Center has adopted or is nursing back to health. Walk the quiet paths among the evergreens, interact with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, and spend some time with your phone in your pocket for a change, soaking up the ambience. Recommended.
  • August 8, 2016
    This is a must see visit. It is a rehabilitation and educational center for all manner of birds, though concentrated on raptors. Though you will see many eagles while in Sitka, this is your chance to get up close to these amazing birds and learn more about them, as well as other types of raptors and several types of owls. The outdoor exhibits are in a lush setting and they mimic as best as possible the bird's natural environments. The staff is very knowledgeable and you can tell their work is also their passion.
  • January 2, 2017
    Great little find in Sitka, a lot of fun with some amazing birds!
  • June 26, 2016
    Don't miss it. Spectacular. Learned so much from the nicest people who work there and love what they do. The birds of prey are the real show. Sitka, Alaska is beautiful!

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