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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