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Alaska Raptor Center
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Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Sitka
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Owner description: Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as well as one of the state's premier visitor attractions.Each year, the Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Our goal is to release our patients back into the wild; some, however, are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild even after rehabilitation. These birds may join our Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for more than 36,000 annual visitors and for the 15,000 schoolchildren we reach through the Adopt-A-Raptor program and Classroom Presentations around the country.The Alaska Raptor Center's 17-acre campus borders the Tongass National Forest, a temperate coastal rainforest, and the Indian River in Sitka, Alaska, and features award-winning natural habitats for our 19 Raptors-in-Residence.
Sydney, Australia
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Worth while”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We really enjoyed the centre and learning the work they do.
You don't need long, maybe an hour at the centre - it's very interesting and seeing so many birds being rehabilitated so they can go back to the wild is great.
You don't need transport - we walked through town to the totem park and then through the forest, which took about 30 mins, then across the road, the same time frame back.

Visited August 2013
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Averill Park, New York
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68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Although there is no shortage of eagles in and around Sitka, we found our visit here to be very informative. When done, do take the trail behind the facility to watch the salmon spawning on Indian River; it's more "up close and personal" than the bridge overlook in the historic park.

Visited August 2013
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467 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013

The center is phenomenal, and the guide was perfect. He took us on a tour of the center, introduced us to the different raptors, told us why they were at the center, and completely loved his job.

Visited July 2013
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72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Worth the walk!”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Took us awhile by foot to find it but were happy that we persisted. Our favorites were the eagles and owls. This group goes above and beyond to rehab every bird possible and if the bird can't be released, they either take them permanently or find a home.

Visited August 2013
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Bordentown, New Jersey
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of the highlights of a cruise to Alaska, MUST not miss this”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The Alaska Raptor Center is a must see when you visit Sitka, Alaska. You will see bald eagles up close and personal, along with golden eagles, owls, hawks, etc. Many have been injured, but the center has returned them to health. And where possible the birds are released back into the wild where they belong. Some birds, such as Volta, can not leave because of the extent of his injuries. This is not just a sight for kids, it is sight for anyone who cares about the environment and working to keep wild life alive and in their natural habitats.

Visited August 2013
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