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“Awesome and educational”

The Center for Birds of Prey
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Birds of Prey Guided Tour and Flight Demonstration at the Avian Conservation...
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Awendaw
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Programs are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10:30am and 2pm. Admission includes an expertly guided walking tour of our resident bird aviaries as well as an impressive and awe-inspiring flight demonstration and all-day access to the Center grounds. The Avian Conservation Center is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit whose mission is to serve as a unique and permanent resource for educational, avian health, conservation and research initiatives.Annual memberships are available.
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We went on a sunny summer day with our 10 and 12 year old boys. There were 3 distinct areas in the exhibit. We began walking around the area with all the birds of prey such as vultures, eagles, hawks, kites. The guide was very passionate about the animals and I ended up leaving that area with much more respect for vultures. Old World vultures and eagles are very similar. There was a discussion on which birds are raptors. We learned about the threats to these birds and their means of hunting. We then went to the Owl area and saw what seemed to be 20 different kinds of owls. There was a flying demonstration of an owl. Afterwards there was a flight demonstration of some of the other different birds in a huge grassy area. The center was clean and the staff were all great. Very pleased with this attraction about a 1/2 hour north of Charleston.

Thank Mom2BoysVirginia
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

A very well managed facility which is educational, as well as medically oriented in its services for birds of prey that were injured or vulnerable Iin some way. Lots of information is given as you tour the raptors in cages, and then they perform flight demonstrations using decoy rabbits, birds, and raw meat. It was thrilling and fun to watch, a chance to learn a little more about owls, hawks, kites, eagles and others in a beautiful country setting with picnic areas. Your ticket is good all day, so you could leave for lunch and then return.

Thank Linda5jwink
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We were looking forward to doing something different on our trip to Charleston this year, but the experience we had at The Center for Birds of Prey far exceeded our expectations.
The fact that we visited on a dismal rainy afternoon and still came away awed is a testament to the excellence of this whole operation.
The staff, particularly Steve & Audrey, went above and beyond the call of duty on a really miserable afternoon. They were both friendly, knowledgeable and obviously passionate about what they do.
The birds were absolutely amazing! We got up close to some of these beautiful creatures, including a falcon and an owl. The bald eagles were mesmerizing!
We booked an afternoon tour at 2 p.m. followed by a flight demonstration at 3 p.m., but I could have spent the whole day there.
The experience is worth every penny of the $12 entrance fee and the 30 minute trip from downtown Charleston.
I would not hesitate to recommend The Center for Birds of Prey to anyone, and we plan on visiting again when we next get the chance (and when the weather is better).

Thank Amanda B
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We kicked off our Charleston vacation with a planned visit to The Center for Birds of Prey. My first visit was in April 2012 and I wanted my husband to experience it too.

This time we were greeted by a British Barn Owl and 2 very informative docents (sorry, I didn't write down your names!) who not only answered all of our questions about the owl, but also (by the end of our visit) had directed us to good local birding spots and educated us about fire ants, snakes, tracks, wolves and a host of other local nature facts.

We timed our visit to start with a guided tour (highly recommended - did not take this the first time, but wish I had), which leads you past the enclosures of eagles, vultures, hawks, falcons, and more. Natalie, our guide who was new to the center, did an amazing job of holding our group's attention as she taught us a wealth of information about these beautiful birds. The tour (about an hour) ends at the open-air "amphitheater" where the flight demonstration begins.

As an avid birder and lover of all things avian, I have attended many flight demonstrations over the years, but this is the best. Stephen and Audrey "brought" out four birds (the mix was different from my last visit). Actually the four birds fly across a large open field to various perches in front of you, as well as "catch prey" that is offered by their trainers. It gives you a true insight into how these birds behave in the wild. Be sure to bring your camera.

We finished by walking through "Owl Woods", observing species from around the world. Unfortunately for us, quite a few were "out on the road' for Halloween events that day, but we still were awed by these owls, my most favorite of all birds.

I highly advise bringing and using bug spray if the temp is above 60 as tiny gnats were hatching and ravenous . . . and you will be outside for the entire visit. Also be aware that the Center is only open to the public on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. It is so worth tweaking other vacation activities to make sure that you can visit.

Visiting the Center was a wonderful way to start our trip and we are recommending it to all our friends and family who vacation from Myrtle Beach to Charleston.

Thank BirderMom
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

This place is about a half hour drive from downtown Charleston north on US Hwy 17. You have to pass through Mount Pleasant. Watch for the signs to the Bull's Island Ferry. Turn onto Sewee Rd. You'll see signs for the Center for Birds of Prey. We had heard about this place and decided that it would make a nice quick visit. Well, we were there for 2 1/2 hours and still didn't see it all. The thought of paying $12 per adult seemed a bit steep, but upon leaving, there were absolutely no regrets. They have over 120 different birds and about 50 different species, mostly birds found in the US, but also birds from other parts of the world. This place is part hospital and part conservancy. There are attractive paths to see birds in large enclosures, but the two stars of the trip are the "restaurant" where the food is left out for wild vultures and the bird flight demonstrations. Take the tour. At this time they are offering tours at 10:30 and 2 each day they are open. The tour ends with a flight demonstration by a number of birds, some of which fly right over your head. One flew by me so closely that not only did I hear the feathers, but I could feel the air whoosh by me! If you're in Charleston, or on your way to Charleston heading south on Hwy 17, stop in here. You will be amazed. (Be prepared. Bathroom facilities could best be described as "rustic".)

Thank BrianAtTheBeach
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