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Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A definite must-see in Sitka. Raptors, especially eagles, in close view. Quick visit. A real treasure in Southeast Alaska. 
  • The raptor center does absolutely wonderful work. The facility is very interesting; staff is very knowledgeable and helpful - love the eagle presentation 
  • It rained heavily one day so we went to the raptor center instead of another tour. The presentation about the different birds was very interesting. The volunteers seemed happy to be there and happy to...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Doing a lot of great work with raptors, great place to visit to see the birds as well.
  • Must see! See bald eagles and other birds that have been injured. The center nurses them back to health or if they can't return to the wild, they take care of them for life.