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Carolina Raptor Center
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find on your walk around the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail? Over 30 species of raptors and other birds of prey are featured on this walk on the wild side. Owls and Vultures. Hawks and Eagles. Falcons, Corvids and other species that just don't fall into any of these categories. Have you seen a Bald Eagle up close? The Raptor Trail features a nesting pair of Bald Eagles who live out back in the Eagle Aviary. Our Spectacled Owl just can't wait to tell you what she thinks about living here at CRC, but you might have to listen carefully to what she has to say - she's a shy one. Did you know that Vultures and Corvids are some of the smartest birds around. No bird brains here! Lots of human mythology surrounds both of these families of avian brainiacs. Crows have been known to drop nuts into crosswalks so that cars can crack them and then wait for the light to change and retrieve the goodies! Behind the scenes at CRC is our Raptor Hospital, where we see approximately 900 raptor patients a year (please no songbirds or possums!). If you can't make our behind the scenes tour, don't worry, the exhibit "A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital" will show you what goes on there - day and night.
Conover, NC
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93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2012

I enjoyed watching the birds but I didn't like the location of the birds because it was deep in the woods and I didn't wear the proper shoes. Make sure you dress appropriately because it is in the woods.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“The Carolina Raptor Center is Outstanding”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Carolina Raptor Center was a wonderful place to spend a few hours and be in the outdoors with a bunch of raptors. The birds were beautiful and the information at each bird cage was so great reading. Each bird had a name and a story to tell. Loved it. There was places for the kids to play & learn if they happened to get a little bored. I would really recommend that anyone who has an interest in nature and doesn't mind a very easy walk thru the woods to visit this place. I wasn't disappointed. I went with my family. They all enjoyed the experience. While we were there there were 2 trainers in the cages (big cages) working with the raptors. It was so cool to watch!

Visited October 2012
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Little Falls, New Jersey
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63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Birds of prey thank you.”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was a wonderful place to visit. The Carolina Raptor Center receives injured birds of prey from all over the U.S. They rehabilitate and release raptors. Those poor creatures that cannot be release due to extensive injury, live out their lives in peace & tranquility as ambassadors and "educators". They have a wonderful exhibit and you can see how well taken care of these birds are. A job well done by The Carolina Raptor Center. Great place to visit and worthy of your sponsorship!

Visited October 2012
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Weddington, NC
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Bring sturdy walking shoes, prepare for inclement weather and be enchanted by the specimens which abound at the Carolina Raptor Center. The care and concern which the staff obviously feels and displays for the unfortunate denizens of the Center will give you a new insight into the place that Raptors hold in our environment. Owls, Bald Eagles, other odd birds are displayed in wonderfully constructed holding pens so the public can view and gain knowledge of these interesting creatures. Great for kids, good for adults. Watch where you're walking because the paths are as natural as possible and therefore somewhat uneven and wandering. The fee goes towards the feeding and housing and rehabilitation of the Raptors so they can be released back into the wild as early as possible. Very interesting place to visit... highly recommended.

Visited April 2012
Thank rokkij
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great place to visit and see some great Raptors”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Must do especially with kids. Great walk in the woods and good write ups on the birds to learn more about them.

Visited March 2012
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