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The Center for Birds of Prey
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Birds of Prey Guided Tour and Flight Demonstration at the Avian Conservation...
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Awendaw
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Programs are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10:30am and 2pm. Admission includes an expertly guided walking tour of our resident bird aviaries as well as an impressive and awe-inspiring flight demonstration and all-day access to the Center grounds. The Avian Conservation Center is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit whose mission is to serve as a unique and permanent resource for educational, avian health, conservation and research initiatives.Annual memberships are available.
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“AWESOME!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

The center is absolutely worth the drive from Charleston! The spot is beautiful, there are plenty of birds to see around the property, and if you time it right, you can witness the flight of some impressive birds of prey - check the schedule for 'shows'.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Birds of Prey”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The only negative about Birds of Prey is that it does not get enough publicity and it is a bit out of the way. If traveling US 17 north from Charleston it's in Awendaw, SC and is absolutely a MUST visit. The opportunity to see these birds up close and doing what they do naturally is an experience I highly recommend

Visited November 2013
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Leesburg, Florida
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit. The staff members are very knowledgeable and very good at engaging the group. The flight demonstration of the Hawk, Falcon, and Owl was fantastic! And the vulture feeding was amazing! Make sure you go to this Center.

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Miami, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Amazing educational center”
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

I came here with my friends and family with 9 year old daughter. The grounds are very well organized and maintained And the outdoor presentation / demonstration can not be missed! Amazing animals up close and personal!!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Charleston Area Nature Experience Must Do”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The Birds of Prey experience is a phenomenal deep dive into birds, in particular raptors (which, I learned there, means they have talons). Their guided tour was done by two exceptional docents, with an incredible knowledge of birds, a pleasant manner of describing what you are seeing, and a nice Q and A approach to helping guests learn. You will see various types of hawks, falcons, vultures, and many others. Yes, a bald eagle too. Nicely presented in cages and beautifully described by the docents, on things like how they hunt ( some use mostly sight, some mostly scent, some both), how to tell the difference between male and female, and many other interesting facts of how they live and how they are important to humans.
They have many hundreds of birds, some brought there due to injury and restored to health but not survivable on their own as well as those born there.
One of the highlights of the guided tour was the demonstration of the Vulture Restaurant. This is an open field where, once some leftover former living stuff is placed there, immediately draws turkey and black vultures, circling a long time until one determines it's safe and lands to eat, then the rest join in.
The staff does an awesome bird demonstration with birds that are trained to fly in for a food or treat, and sit on a gloved hand for a great photo opportunity. They did such awesome demonstrations with a falcon, an owl, a Cooper's hawk, and a kite. These guys eat things from flying insects (the kite) to fish to small vermin (the owl).
This was a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Visited June 2014
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