I had heard of the raptor center and had even been there in my very early teaching days. But I rode in on a bus and supervised a horde of wild beasties. I didn't remember much except the fact that the place existed. But I knew it was there and thought it would be a great place for my soon to be high school senior who wants to major in some type of wildlife/zoology science and work in conservation. It turned out to be a small but very interesting facility. It did spark Kathryne's thoughts about different career paths and another way that she could put her interest in animals and their care and conservation to use.
The Carolina Raptor Center is located inside the Latta Plantation Nature Reserve in Huntersville, North Carolina. The area was beautiful, and I would love to go back just to spend more time on the Nature Preserve. Besides the Raptor Center, the Nature Preserve is home to an Equestrian Center, the Historic Latta Plantation living history farm, hiking trails, fishing, and picnic areas.
The Raptor Center has a 3/4 mile trail with over thirty exhibits of various raptors. We were given two maps when we headed out, and I let Charles take over the role of route planner.
And, of course, the owls are just so cute.
In the vulture section, we saw this guy- more what I think of when I hear "vulture." Rachel- my child who also loves naked mole rats- said he was "adorable." I'm not sure I would agree, but he was interesting.
There were a few bird X-rays on display also so that we could see some of the typical injuries faced by the doctors as they treat the raptors.