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Alaska Raptor Center


The Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to about 200 injured birds each year. It specializes in raptors but will aid any wild bird in need. The center strives to heal, rehabilitate and release all of its avian patients, though some are injured too severely to fully recover and survive in the wild. These non-releasable birds help in teaching school children and the public about the wonders of raptor natural history and the habitats in which they live.

The Bald Eagle Flight Training Center provides a critical flight conditioning space for bald eagles, as well as offering outstanding opportunities for visitors to watch the birds regaining their flight abilities, without the birds ever seeing or hearing people. Through a specially designed viewing corridor, visitors, as well as rehabilitators, are able to see eagles flying from perch to perch, exhibiting their natural behaviors, and preening their feathers after feasting on a fish dinner.

The Flight Training Center’s flight conditioning area also includes four convalescent mews, two vertical flight mews, and a clinical aerobic flight tube, where birds demonstrate their stamina and maneuverability before they are released back to the wild. Observing first-hand bald eagles and other bird species regain their flight skills, knowing that they will soon fly free, helps visitors to understand the hope that conservation of these species and their habitat is worthwhile work. And just by walking through its doors, visitors help with this important mission.

The Alaska Raptor Center makes every effort to keep Raptors-in-Residence safe, healthy, and comfortable. As part of their ongoing care, each raptor must be exposed daily to natural weather elements. The Weathering Yard gives these birds a safe spot to perch during the day, while also exposing them to sunlight, rain, and other elements, all essential for their physical and mental health. At night, these birds are returned to their own individual enclosure or mews, specially sized for the inhabitant.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Alaska Raptor Center

A bald eagles’ nest in Vermilion, Ohio was formed like a wine goblet and weighed nearly two metric tons. Eagles used the nest for 34 years before the tree toppled in the wind.

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  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Sitka
  • 907-747-8662