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“Fascinating”

World Center For Birds of Prey
Ranked #4 of 137 things to do in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an educational facility dedicated to furthering public knowledge and interest in birds of prey. In addition, it's a world renowned breeding facility for certain endangered species-they have more California condors in their breeding program here than anywhere else in the world-and the birds they breed are released to bolster wild populations. The center runs several carefully time coordinated programs throughout the day so visitors get to see a variety of birds and presentations. We saw presentations on the screech owl and the sharp shinned hawk, each complete with bird and handler and lots of interesting information. They run six or so weeks of raptor free flights from October into November-we just missed the first presentation but did get to see the amphitheater in which they take place. There are a number of birds on exhibit inside and out-the owls are particularly fascinating-and an elaborate library and exhibits on the history of falconry, endowed by a sheik. There's also a gift shop with a nice variety of bird related items. The staff is knowledgeable and committed, the site is attractive and well designed, and we spent an interesting and intriguing three hours here. Both adults and children will find much of interest here.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Every time my son comes home for a visit, we go to the World Center for Birds of Prey Interpretive Center. We can spend an entire afternoon in just the one building, doing the self-guided tour, getting to see live birds up close with a handler. One of the favorites is, believe it or not, a crow. Yes, a crow IS a bird of prey, and they explain that. This bird was rescued, and it is now trained to retrieve paper money from you to put in a donation box. Plus they also have other birds of prey they will bring out for you to see, I think every half hour or so there's a new one. The work that is being done here is astounding. Try to go when the building across the parking lot is open for a tour - there is an incredible exhibit from another country in there plus old falconry items. I'm sorry that I didn't write a thank-you letter to Velma Morrison before she died - I always wanted to thank her for her generosity in getting this wonderful mission a grand boost. You will leave feeling so proud that this is actually here, in Boise, Idaho. I promise!

1  Thank Kathleen M
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

While smaller than the name suggests, they have an important mission and do help all sorts of birds of prey. It's worth the trip to see the work that the do, and to see the view of the mountains from their hilltop.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

My boys (7 and 9-years old) and I spent 2 hours here one Saturday morning and had a really nice time. We attended a talk and got to meet a screech owl up close and personal - very cute! We also found a booklet and worked on a scavenger hunt which really kept my kids engaged and interested in the displays. A military discount would have been a nice added incentive to the place, but the woman working the front desk did pull out a coupon that she allowed us to use instead. This is a great place to spend a couple of hours while in Boise!

1  Thank Sara D
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is a great amenity for the Treasure Valley. We've taken several out-of-town guests and they've all given the Center rave reviews.

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