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Alaska Raptor Center

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Address: 1000 Raptor Way, Sitka, AK 99835-9302
Phone Number: +1 800-643-9425
Fee: Yes

Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center...

Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as well as one of the state's premier visitor attractions.Each year, the Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Our goal is to release our patients back into the wild; some, however, are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild even after rehabilitation. These birds may join our Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for more than 36,000 annual visitors and for the 15,000 schoolchildren we reach through the Adopt-A-Raptor program and Classroom Presentations around the country.The Alaska Raptor Center's 17-acre campus borders the Tongass National Forest, a temperate coastal rainforest, and the Indian River in Sitka, Alaska, and features award-winning natural habitats for our 19 Raptors-in-Residence.

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 answer questions. The walk around the center featuring various species was fabulous. We will return next time we're in town.

Thank Plcattys
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to get up close and personal with not only the eagle but owls as well at this recuperation centre/hospital. Interesting talks available throughout the day with the birds as well. Inside and outside exhibits that are wheelchair accessible. Gift store and restrooms available on site. Great place to visit and learn about these amazing birds. My husband and... More 

Thank jetsettingaussies
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The ability to see Birds of Prey so close is amazing! Seeing those birds in a wooded landscape added to the positive experience.

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Taree, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is a superb place to see the rescue and rehabilitation work done with raptors, and to get up close and personal with the truly magnificent birds that are being helped. The small entry fee delivers a large experience and helps to defray running costs -you can stay as long as you like and your photo opportunities will be endless.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Trip from our cruise ship it was well worthwhile to see eagles that are being nursed back to health even though some dont recover , the bald eagle enclosure is great and a short talk ffrom staff after with an eagle used in education was great you are able to take pictures but cant applause. the weather was so bad... More 

Thank cnomis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

As a part of an Alaskan cruise, we visited Sitka, Alaska. We had complimentary shuttle service from the ship to the downtown area and back. The shuttle ride is about 15 minutes each way. We did a self-directed tour of the downtown area. We walked about 30 minutes from downtown to the Alaska Raptor Center. We walked back and the... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Especially if you have any interest in birds. Raptors are rescued and returned to the wild if possible and if not they are well taken care of. Don't forget to make a contribution!

Thank Stephen C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We took the community bus ($3 for all day - what a deal!) from the Fortress of the Bear to the Raptor Center. The staff is super friendly and welcoming. We were just in time for one of the bald eagle talks. I was this close [-] to an incredible eagle! Inside the building, you can see a "flight training... More 

Thank Katzkid22
Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Very well done. Really makes you get a taste of some of the beautiful native creatures. Staff amazingly friendly

Thank Mike B
Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

A must see in Sitka. Get introduced to a center doing wonderful work to help many types of flying raptors to safely heal and return to their natural habitat if at all possible.

Thank anncollins217

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