We had some friends visiting & took them up to the World Center for Birds of Prey to take in the advertised "October Flights" and we were all enthralled!
They flew 4 birds outside including the Harpy Eagle --it was incredible. To watch the handlers fly the birds and to watch the raptors navigate the winds, fly over the crowd and take their "prey"(a hunting lure) . . .truly a wonderful experience for all of us! The handlers were very knowledgeable and willing to bring the birds close for photo opportunities. I would highly recommend a visit during October! An added treat is new trail looking over the valley!
In reading some of the other reviews I saw some statements regarding children that I would like to comment on . . one reviewer said that it wasn't a child friendly site and another said that their kids were bored senseless. In the many times that we have visited the center there have always been children interacting with the guides and watching the raptor presentations. Only a few times have we seen disruptive children hushed and honestly, it was a relief for the rest of us in the audience when those children quieted down. As for being bored. . .our kids have always been mesmerized by all of the wonderful displays and the opportunities to learn about hawks & falcons up close and personal. Whenever we have company the kids ask if we can take our guests up the hill to see the birds! One trip we were lucky enough to see the turkey vulture fly and another the kids got to interact with a crow (not a raptor but a VERY cool bird!). I am sad that those two families has less than excellent visits but I honestly feel that is the exception rather than the rule and that the World Center for Birds of Prey is a great place to visit with children.
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