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Play Date: Carolina Raptor Center

You never know who youâll encounter along the Raptor Trail, where families can collect fun facts about more than 30 different species.
You never know who you’ll encounter along the Raptor Trail, where families can collect fun facts about more than 30 different species.

By Allison Hancin

When you live in the city, there are few times in life when you can see a majestic bald eagle in flight, its outstretched wings casting a shadow on awed below. But at the Carolina Raptor Center, a nonprofit bird conservation and rehabilitation center, curious minds come face to beak with 97 resident birds, from fast-flying falcons to vultures, hawks and owls.

You never know who you’ll encounter along the Raptor Trail, where families can collect fun facts about more than 30 different species. On weekends, volunteers dot the route to introduce you to new friends.

In the Eagle Aviary, discover what a bald eagle eats for breakfast, or watch literary and film fowl come to life in Raptors of the Big Screen. The Osprey Observation Deck allows young and old to marvel at these skilled “fishermen” native to North Carolina.

Find out if your family can outsmart crows and ravens — some of the smartest animals on earth — in the corvidae exhibit. Inside The Owl Forest, seek out a Eurasian eagle-owl, the largest owl species, and listen for the call of mysterious barn owls.

The center is also home to the largest raptor medical center in the country. Future veterinarians and keepers ages 12 and older can experience the work firsthand through keeper or veterinarian programs, but even a regular day visit will inspire a second look at the sky.

 
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
704.875.6521
carolinaraptorcenter.org

 

March−Oct. Hours
Mon−Sat, 10 a.m.−5 p.m.
Sun, 10 a.m. −-5 p.m.

Nov.−Feb. Hours
Wed−Sat, 10 a.m.−5 p.m.
Sun, 10 a.m.−5 p.m.