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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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  • We were so glad we got the chance to see the raptor center! The work you all do is so vital! Thanks for allowing us a glimpse of your passion! Such a great learning experience!  more »
  • The work being done at the Alaska Raptor Center is powerful and worth witnessing and supporting. Our time at the center was brief but we will definitely remember the experience of being around this be...  more »
  • Whilst on a cruise in a Alaska, it became second nature to see bald eagles when you are out and about. However, the raptor centre allowed you to get an up close view of these incredible birds. My wife...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great little find in Sitka, a lot of fun with some amazing birds!
  • 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!