Monday, April 25, 2011

Carolina Raptor Center

Donna and I recently visited the Carolina Raptor Center a bit northwest of Charlotte, NC. It is a rehabilitation center for injured birds of prey (eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, etc.) They release the ones that regain the ability to survive in the wild, and the ones they cannot release become permanent residents at the center, and those are the ones that are viewable by visitors. There is a mile-long trail that winds through exhibits showcasing nearly 30 species of birds; it was a real treat seeing them up close. It is a well-run facility and the birds seem well cared for.

All the birds were amazing, but I especially enjoyed being able to get this close to bald eagles.

We attended an educational talk and demonstration and learned a great deal about these magnificent birds. Their speed, agility, and eyesight are unbelievable! The docent pointed out that many of the injured birds they treat have been hit by cars. Litter thrown from cars attracts rodents to the side of the road, and the rodents attract the birds, resulting in collisions. So, that's another reason not to litter, even biodegradable items.

I love this owl; it reminds me of a geisha.

Before heading home we stopped and ate at Lancaster's Barbecue just down the road. It was some mighty fine food. We always enjoy hush puppies, and they are usually served with the meal, but there they brought out a basket as an appetizer, like tortilla chips at a Mexican restaurant; we really liked that.


At Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures...thanks for sharing, and the kitten is precious!!!


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