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“Big Birds for All Ages”
Review of The Raptor Center

The Raptor Center
Ranked #24 of 128 things to do in Saint Paul
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Owner description: Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. An internationally renowned education facility, The Raptor Center trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation. In addition, The Raptor Center reaches more than 150,000 people annually through its unique public education programs and events. Come visit the education raptors with a TRC interpretive tour guide. Tours are offered every thirty minutes, on the half hour and hour. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Tour Admissions Ages 3-17 $3.00 Ages 18-62 $5.00 Ages 62+ $3.00 U of M staff and students (with ID) are admitted free. Formal programs and other education options available.
Reviewed May 24, 2014

Owls, eagles, hawks, vultures, falcons…..The Raptor Center cares for injured raptors of all kinds, and twice a year they have a public event (see the website for locations and dates) where rehabilitated birds are released. Some birds however cannot be sent back to the wild; these are the ones you can visit at the Raptor Center. It is really a marvellous opportunity to get 'up close and personal' with some truly beautiful creatures. When I'm in Minneapolis area (usually twice a year for many years) I almost always stop by to visit. Some of the bird 'ambassadors' like Casper and Nero have been living here for many years, and feel like old friends. Great for all ages. Guides to take visitors through the mews are informative and ready to answer questions of all kinds - this is not just for birders, but everyone. Parking on the street outside the building or in a lot just across the street. A five minute drive from some wonderful shops and restaurants on Como Avenue (I recommend the Colossal Cafe or The Finnish Bistro, but there are others), so you can have a great lunch and a bit of shopping after visiting the birds.

Free but donations gratefully accepted.

2  Thank CameliaSinensis
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

My husband and I just visited The Raptor Center with our (3) young grandchildren. It was extremely interesting and educational for all of us (age 3 to age 66). What a unique opportunity
to learn about these majestic creatures (via close encounter). We look forward to many more
visits and to supporting the great work of the trainers and volunteers at TRC!

1  Thank Pam M
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

They ask for a donation (so no fixed cost for the visit). Seems the tours are done by volunteers who are extremely knowledgeable. They have several bald eagles (injured and either being treated or unable to survive in the wild). We walked outside to see many other raptors they have in cages - *caution* the outside part can be a bit slippery with stairs. We spent about 1 hr visiting the center, which is part of the University of Minnesota.

2  Thank alj1982
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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

We went on a Sunday afternoon and in addiction to a tour paid $8 per person for one of the volunteers to take out 3 birds for some education and up close views. The volunteer was very knowledgable about the center and birds. The session was supposed to be 45 minutes but due to everyone's interest and questions lasted just over an hour. They had a good variety of birds available during our visit and definitely something we will go back to and continue to support their good work!

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

-"--"- - - - - we go here whenever we can. The program is about an hour long and it's so informative and educational. So many different raptors to see ... falcons, owls, eagles and hawks!! Seems to keep the interest of most ages. Worth the trip! Lots of things to look at (eggs, wings, feathers, skulls) and the volunteers have always been very friendly.

1  Thank JustBren
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