I’ve recently become interested in raptors thanks to webcams featuring Eagles and Ospreys, so thought it would be good to check out the Raptor Center. I had purchased tickets for the flight show, but the show owl had other plans and was not available the Sunday I visited. A bit disappointing at first, but we were lucky enough to be at the eagle exhibit when the errant owl (Dumbledore) decided to come back to the gloved hand that fed him! It was actually great to see the owl high in a tree, then fly to a couple of close tree limbs before settling on the trainer’s glove.
All of the birds are beautiful.Understandably some are a bit shy and hang out toward the back of their enclosure, but you would be, too if you were in the cage with people gawking at you all day long! We spent a couple of hours walking to all of the exhibits. They’re all outdoors, but it’s an easy stroll and often shaded. There are plenty of benches to rest on if needed, or you just want to watch a bird. I think it’s unusual, but there were no docents on the trail the Sunday we were there. It would have been nice to have a few experts placed around the exhibits to talk to about the birds, but it didn’t detract from the experience.
It’s definitely worth a visit.
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