Take Flight & Experience The Center for Birds of Prey

It's home to more than 100 birds!

Avian Conservation Center: The Center for Birds of Prey

The Center for Birds of Prey offers visitors a unique insight into the lives and impressive adaptations of nearly 50 species of birds of prey including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites & vultures. Whether you’re a birder, a photographer, or simply want to spend the day outdoors!


  • Guided Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of the grounds with an experienced guide.
  • Flight Demonstration: Watch as hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, and vultures soar above; learn about their hunting and flying techniques.
  • Exhibit Area: The grounds are designed as a campus where visitors follow paths accentuated with aviaries housing more than 30 species of birds of prey.
  • Owl Wood: Owls are universally recognized as some of the most compelling ambassadors for the natural world. The Countess Alicia Paolozzi Owl Wood spans two acres in which visitors experience owls from around the world in a refined & tranquil setting.

These organized programs include a guided walking tour and a flight demonstration and take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The first hour of the program is the guided walking tour and the second hour is the flight demonstration.

Your admission fee provides access to the campus and programs for the entire day. Take flight and purchase tickets here!

Special Open Day

It’s an open house! Check out the center on this special taking place on September 21. You’ll get a behind the scene look at daily life with the birds!

Special Focus Days- September 7 and October 5

On select days throughout the year, the Center will narrow the focus of the morning education program to allow visitors to explore groups of birds in greater detail. On these days both flight demonstrations and guided tours will take a “deep dive” into specific groups of birds like owls, falcons, and vultures.  Visit on one or all of these special days for a unique and focused look at some interesting avian species!

Saturday, September 7 – Vultures: Man’s Best Friend, Nature’s Nicest Scavengers

Saturday, October 5 – Experience the Mysterious Life of Owls


Text information provided by The Center for Birds of Prey | Video created in partnership with Charleston Locals