July 21, 2012

Two injured bald eagles, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka, Alaska
Two injured bald eagles, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka, Alaska

Today we toured the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska.  The Center takes in injured raptors from across North America for rehabilitation and, where possible, release into the wild.

For $12, visitors see a short introductory video, get a peek into the medical room, look through one-way glass windows into their “flight training center” where birds are prepared to re-enter the wild, and walk through their outdoor enclosures to see the raptors that cannot be re-introduced into the wild.

On our visit, a handler brought out an immature bald eagle with a crossed-bill.  The eagle was found nearly starved to death, unable to feed itself due to this genetic condition.

Handler with immature bald eagle, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka, Alaska
Handler with immature bald eagle, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka, Alaska
Foggy harbor, Sitka, Alaska
Foggy harbor, Sitka, Alaska

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