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“The Raptors - birds of prey - up close”
Review of The Raptors

The Raptors
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Duncan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Birds of prey have always inspired awe. Sadly, they are threatened in many parts of the world. When you experience them up close, you learn that they are more than predators from the sky; they are essential to maintaining the delicate eco-balance of our planet. The Raptors offer compelling and interactive experiences with a variety of birds of prey species including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Get closer than you ever imagined to these majestic and intelligent creatures. Flying demonstrations, hands-on encounters and educational talks offered daily (March - October). The Raptors is located in the heart of the beautiful Cowichan Valley, just 60 minutes north of Downtown Victoria and 45 minutes south of Downtown Nanaimo by car.
Reviewed September 21, 2012

If you appreciate birds of prey, this center is definitely worth a visit. I'm an amateur photographer, and I enjoy photographing these beautiful birds. The center offers a demonstration at 1:30 (definitely worth seeing) and 2 different forest walks, Owl Prowl and Raptor Walk additional cost for the walks) - see this link for more info - http://www.pnwraptors.com/?page_id=78

They also offer a 1 hour session with a handler for $90.00 ($45.00 each for a friend and I). We dropped by The Raptors on our way to Victoria. They were nice enough to set up time with the handler, who brought in 3 birds for us to photograph. One thing that impressed me...their primary concern is for the welfare of the birds, they won't overwork them for a photo session. The handler politely advised us when the owl had flown enough and suggested photographing a different bird. If you are interested in photographing a particular bird (or birds, owls for example) I would suggest setting up an appointment.

The handler, Martin, was also very well informed and gave us information about the birds and their habits.

Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

This was and excellent place to visit.
Amazing birds.
Would be great for group visits especially school groups to educate the young.

Thank Monika2873
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

This last August, my girlfriend and I took the one day raptor class. Wow. We are both still talking about it. The whole experience was excellent. We had a small class with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor. There was plenty of hands-on time with a hawks, owls and falcons. The staff and facilities are great. There are many types of raptors to view. A great place to take kids and teenagers too!

Thank James N
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

The birds fly free and right over your head. Not all the birds are in cages and you can wander around amongst them. Our grandkids did the extra stuff with the birds - you go into the forest and play hide and seek with a hawk and get to hold it.

Thank Vince L
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This neat little refuge is well organized and offers a chance to see the rapters in their natural state. The show is very well done. It is a bit pricy, but still worth a visit. Make sure you time your visit to take in the show.

Thank DT1254
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