The Center for Birds of Prey

The Center for Birds of Prey is located in Awendaw, South Carolina, and is also known as the Avian Conservation Center. As part of a three division initiative, the Center for Birds of Prey is dedicated to accommodating and taking care of a variety of birds of prey and educating the general public about these birds. Photo: Photo: cynthiag/Fotolia

»History

History


In September 1991, the Charleston Raptor Center was officially founded with the intent to raise awareness about birds and the need for bird conservation. Four years after the Charleston Raptor Center opened, it changed its name to the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey. This name change also signified the Center’s growing educational and accommodation efforts. The Center changed its name, yet again, in 2004 to the Avian Conservation Center. This time, the Center created an initiative with three different divisions to encompass a different theme and purpose. The three divisions are known as the: Avian Medical Center, South Carolina Oil Spill Treatment Facility, and Center for Birds of Prey.

Operating every day, regardless of weather and holidays, the Avian Medical Center has over 60 specially trained and educated members who are dedicated to treating birds. Typically, the Avian Medical Center takes care of around 600 birds annually. Since 2004, the Avian Medical Center has treated and released more than 7,000 birds of prey.

One of the main features of the Avian Conservation Center is the South Carolina Oil Spill Treatment Facility. This facility is dedicated to treating animals, specifically birds, who have been impacted and possibly harmed by oil spills. As of 2005, the South Carolina Oil Spill Treatment Center has been the only official initiative taken against oil spills along the East Coast.

Together, each of the three initiatives have come together to preserve wildlife and educate the general public. Photo: Gelpi/Fotolia

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»Attractions

Attractions


The Center for Birds of Prey is basically one huge attraction. Inside the Center for Birds of Prey, visitors will be able to see a variety of distinct areas that are small and offer a certain view or glimpse of an animal. Since the layout of the Center for Birds of Prey is designed like a college campus, visitors are allowed to explore virtually every nook and cranny. It’s important to note that even though majority of the exhibits are outside in natural elements and habitats, visitors are only allowed to explore the Center for Birds of Prey on foot.

While exploring the Center for Birds of Prey, visitors will have the opportunity to see a variety of species, such as eagles, hawks, and owls. Aside from native North American birds, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with exotic birds that come from every region of the world.

One of the highlighted attractions at the Center for Birds of Prey is the flight demonstration program. During the flight demonstration program, visitors will get an exclusive look at how certain birds soar high in the sky, glide, and dive back down to the ground. Visitors often regard the flight demonstration as the most memorable and unique experience at the Center for Birds of Prey. It’s important to note that while flight demonstrations are offered Thursday through Saturday, they might be abruptly canceled due to weather, an emergency, or a special event.

Another highlighted exhibit is Owl Wood. Owl Wood is a gated exhibit that allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of the most tranquil birds. A variety of owls are spread out among Owl Wood in elegant and refined habitats that mimic what their habitats would typically look like within nature. One of the coolest things about Owl Wood is the free-flight programs that occur on a daily basis and the variety of day and night owl-based programs. Owl Wood is funded by the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation and is specifically named after and dedicated to the Countess Alicia Paolozzi.

For more information about any of the attractions at the Center for Birds of Prey, check out the Center’s official website. Photo: cynthiag/Fotolia

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»Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities


The Center for Birds of Prey offers a variety of educational opportunities for people of all ages. Since exploring the Center for Birds of Prey is a general educational opportunity within itself, the Center mainly focuses on classes, live presentations, and guided tours. Guided tours are the most popular educational program at the Center because they allow visitors to explore the animals and facility in an in-depth and exclusive way.

If you’re interested in learning more about the educational opportunities at the Center for Birds of Prey, check out their website, or contact them during their hours of operation.

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4719 Highway 17N, Awendaw, SC 29429, Phone: 843-971-7474 Photo: Sander Meertins /Fotolia

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The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, South Carolina


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