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The Center for Birds of Prey

Center for Birds of Prey

The Center for Birds of Prey near Charleston is located in Awendaw, SC, and is an excellent day trip while vacationing in Charleston. You’ll be able to watch some of the region’s most beautiful birds fly through the air, while simultaneously learning more about the importance of avian influence on the ecosystem. Who knows – you might even find your newest hobby is bird watching after a admiring the South Carolina Birds of Prey!

The Center for Birds of Prey, also known as The Avian Conservation Center, can be found at 4719 Highway 17 N, Awendaw, South Carolina 29429, or reached by phone at (843) 971-7474.

One hour long tours are offered year-round at the Center for Birds of Prey, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on those days. Tickets for adults are $15, tickets for youth (6 to 16) are $10, and children younger than six are admitted free of charge. Your admission includes all-day access to the grounds, and the renowned flight demonstrations.

Flight Demonstrations

You’ll gaze in wonder as hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures fly above your head during the flight demonstrations. Learn about the adaptations and unique genetic traits that make each bird so unique. It becomes increasingly obvious why humans have developed airplanes after watching the effortless ease that the birds glide across the flying field with. Demonstrations are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Area

Admission into the Center for Birds of Prey also allows you access to the interesting exhibit area. The grounds of the birds of prey center were designed to represent a campus, and the exhibit area acts as “pedestrian only” zone. You’ll be able to see over 50 species of South Carolina Birds of Prey, while also learning about their habitats and history. The exhibit area follows a natural path with subtle signage, creating an unobtrusive, yet effective, learning environment for visitors.

Owl Wood

The Owl Wood area offers daytime and nighttime programs featuring owls in free flight. You’ll be able to get a look at some of the world’s most rare owl breeds in a tranquil, natural wooded setting. The area covers about two acres of woods, providing the perfect environment for peaceful encounters with one of nature’s wisest birds.

A special program dubbed “Owls by Moonlight” is currently being offered at the Center for Birds of Prey. This educational program offers a chance to spend a “magical evening in the nocturnal world owls”. Your $50 admission price includes a reception with food, beer, wine and refreshments inside the Paolozzi Owl Wood facility. You’ll then watch the owls fly by moonlight, hear them vocalize, and further experience almost 15 different species of owls from around the world.

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