At the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, bald eagles, hawks and other birds of prey are rescued and returned to the wild if at all possible. Those that have been injured too severely are kept at the centre and used to educate the public about the work that goes on at this premier avian hospital.
Founded in 1980, this volunteer run operation has expanded to become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital, research and educational center. A new $2.5 million Flight-Training Center has recently been opened, a wonderful facility that gives recovering eagles the space to re-learn the art of hunting for themselves. The covered rainforest area also allows visitors to watch as the birds fly from tree to tree and swoop down to grab a salmon from the pond or stream. The 20,000 square foot flight centre also contains vertical flight mews in which the birds can be tested and conditioned for lift and stamina before they 'graduate' to release back into the wild.
Most of the birds that arrive at the center have been injured by collisions with vehicles, power lines or by ingesting poisons. Approximately 200 birds are given medical treatment at the center annually, and about 40,000 visitors are educated by the birds and staff here. Live birds are taken around the nation to teach and educate over 14,000 schoolchildren.
|'Esperanza', a red-tailed hawk||'Hoot', a barred owl||'Esperanza', a red-tailed hawk|
The Alaska Raptor Center could not exist without the help of many dedicated volunteer staff, full time veterinary staff, financial contributions from visitors and the 'Adopt-A-Raptor' program. If you would like more information on how to contribute to the wonderful work this centre does, please visit their website
|'Kily', a Harlan's Hawk|
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|Misty Fjords Flight||Butchart Gardens||Eagles||Sea Lions & Otters||Seals||Whales||Hubbard Glacier|
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