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“October Flights! Truly awesome!!”

World Center For Birds of Prey
Ranked #2 of 129 things to do in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are open! Experience birds of prey eye-to-eye and explore the mysteries of their flight, survival, and relationship with humans. Live bird demonstrations and falconry heritage tours complement hands-on exhibits for all ages. Enjoy panoramic views of the Treasure Valley from the interpretive trail and gazebo, or browse the gift shop. Admissions and purchases support conservation programs worldwide.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“October Flights! Truly awesome!!”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We had some friends visiting & took them up to the World Center for Birds of Prey to take in the advertised "October Flights" and we were all enthralled!

They flew 4 birds outside including the Harpy Eagle --it was incredible. To watch the handlers fly the birds and to watch the raptors navigate the winds, fly over the crowd and take their "prey"(a hunting lure) . . .truly a wonderful experience for all of us! The handlers were very knowledgeable and willing to bring the birds close for photo opportunities. I would highly recommend a visit during October! An added treat is new trail looking over the valley!

In reading some of the other reviews I saw some statements regarding children that I would like to comment on . . one reviewer said that it wasn't a child friendly site and another said that their kids were bored senseless. In the many times that we have visited the center there have always been children interacting with the guides and watching the raptor presentations. Only a few times have we seen disruptive children hushed and honestly, it was a relief for the rest of us in the audience when those children quieted down. As for being bored. . .our kids have always been mesmerized by all of the wonderful displays and the opportunities to learn about hawks & falcons up close and personal. Whenever we have company the kids ask if we can take our guests up the hill to see the birds! One trip we were lucky enough to see the turkey vulture fly and another the kids got to interact with a crow (not a raptor but a VERY cool bird!). I am sad that those two families has less than excellent visits but I honestly feel that is the exception rather than the rule and that the World Center for Birds of Prey is a great place to visit with children.

Visited October 2011
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Melbourne
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89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Amazing Birds of Prey up close”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

If you are in Boise this is a must-see. This is a non-profit organisation, which seeks to restore the numbers of endangered species of raptors and educate the public about raptors and why we should protect them. The fund started with a program to save the Peregrine Falcon, and this bird has been removed from the endangered species list because of their efforts.
The latest breeding program is for the Californian Condor and the center is involved in programs in other countries including Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Boise is the headquarters for the organisation.
You can see 10 species of raptor including the Bald Eagle, Falcons, Californian Condor and Turkey Vulture. There are demonstrations of birds being handled and these are entertaining and excellent. There is also a great exhibit about the history of Falconry and its importance in Arabian culture, part of which was funded by the family of a former Saudi Arabian Sheikh who wanted to support the center’s work with Falcons.

Visited August 2011
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Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Really learned a lot and it was very reasonably priced.”
Reviewed September 14, 2011

My husband and I went to learn about birds of prey. When we got there we were the only ones there so we had a private tour by a very interesting volunteer. It was very informative. We got to look at many birds. By the end of the tour others had joined us. We would certainly recommend this to others.

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Bristol, Tennessee
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265 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Check out the condors”
Reviewed August 24, 2011

Good educational place to learn about birds of prey. Felt the place geared more towards school trips and the scouts.

Visited August 2011
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Virginia
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“worth it”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

Good experience. Limited number of birds. Could tell economy had an impact on their operations. Go visit and enjoy the investments of Sheik Zayad from UAE.

Visited August 2011
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