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Alaska Raptor Center

1000 Raptor Way, P.O. Box 2984, Sitka, AK 99835
800-643-9425
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

His was a great place to learn more about Raptors and to see birds up close that on may not get an opportunity in nature. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was one of the most interesting places we visited in a July cruise to Alaska. Seeing bald eagles up close is a thrill! The Raptor Center is doing wonderful work caring for injured wild birds and returning them to their natural environment. Those that can't be fixed get a lifetime home at the center with kind people caring for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Thankfully there are people in this world who volunteer their time in areas they are passionate about. Rescuing and rehabbing eagles, owls, etc., is the work of this center. Admission is a little pricey, but not when you realize the good work that is done. If you have a toursaver coupon book for Alaska, there's a bo/go coupon for this.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Focused on rescue, rehab, and release, the Raptor Center does a terrific job of educating adults and children about raptors. You can get up close and personal with Bald Eagles, Owls, and Hawks in their native habitats while they rehab prior to release. Sitka is a super town to visit and the Raptor Center is its number one draw.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a must see if you travel to Alaska. It was one of the most amazing places we visited in Alaska. It is a rescue center for birds some can never go back to the wild. Beautiful owls & eagles and the grounds are so beautiful as well. Don't miss out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Raptor Center is a concise, well run and well-staffed working bird hospital with amazing access to a variety of beautiful birds including eagles and owls. I was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and still learned a lot and saw birds I had never seen before. Make the Center part of your walking tour through the Sitka Science Center... More

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White River Junction, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We have a raptor center near home. When offered a trip to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, I wasn't excited. It was a 'been there, done that' kind of moment. However, this is a raptor center above the norm. The rehab center is a marvel of clever design. Staff are not simply knowledgeable, they are in love with their... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a great organization working to rehab birds and return them to the wild. The birds on display will never be returned due to injuries. Our only real complaint was it was a bit pricey for the amount of time you spend there. It was amazing to watch the eagles they are rehabbing fly from behind one way glass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were on foot, so we walked from town to get here. Not all the trails are noted on local maps. Once on the property, the facility is fascinating (check out the Flight Training Room!) and be sure to take in the trails on the ground. The interpreters offer an up close and personal Q and A with a raptor... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Sitka prides itself on being a "working town" and not a tourist trap for the passengers on the mega-trip and the Raptor Center is a good example of this. Some of the rescued birds will eventually be returned to the wild. Others that will not survive in the wild (examples included an eagle with a deformed beak and another with... More

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