Carolina Raptor Center | Charlotte NC Travel & Tourism
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Carolina Raptor Center is a living museum, dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Located in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on 57 acres, our 3/4 mile Raptor Trail is home to over 25 species of native and exotic raptors -- hawks, falcons, eagles, merlins, kites and vultures.

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.

Raptor Keeper for a Day

Discover what it takes to feed, train and care for more than 100 resident birds representing 25 different species that reside at Carolina Raptor Center. Participants will work alongside Center staff for the experience of a lifetime to accomplish daily raptor keeper responsibilities such as feeding, enrichment, training and resident bird health exams. From vultures to owls to hawks, guests will see firsthand why these birds of prey are critical to the environment and the advancements being made to preserve them through Center staff.

Approximate Length of Experience: 2 hours


Amateur and professional photographers alike will enjoy this professional photo shoot featuring Carolina Raptor Center's resident raptors. Featuring species such as owls, eagles and hawks, each outing highlights more than 20 different raptors. Begin with an early-bird breakfast, followed by six 30-minute sessions, where several birds will serve as models for the snapshots. The final hour of each day features the Center’s flight show superstars in free flight.

Approximate Length of Experience: 4 hours

Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 10 – 30

Marcy’s Eagle Research Observatory Tour

January through April is known as nesting season at Carolina Raptor Center, where eagles Derek and Savannah tend to their eggs. The facility uses the opportunity to educate the public with tours of Marcy's Eagle Research Observatory. Participants will spend time learning about the eaglets from the past, present and future as well as study the eagles from Marcy's Observatory.

Approximate Length of Experience: 30 minutes

Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 2 – 6

Availability: Weekends at 2 p.m. January – April; weekdays with reservation.

Behind the Scenes at Carolina Raptor Center

Boasting one of the country’s most extensive collections of birds of prey, get a glimpse of what’s behind the scenes at Carolina Raptor Center’s raptor hospital and education trail. At the hospital, staff admits, treats and performs surgery and physical therapy on more than 900 birds a year. The goal is to get the majestic creatures healthy and released back into the wild as quickly as possible.

Approximate Length of Experience: 1.15 hours

Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: Maximum of 12 (multiple tours can be accommodated at one time)