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Come to Carolina Raptor Center to see one of this country's most extensive collections of birds of prey. Located just north of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, CRC is home to eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, and falcons--collectively known as raptors.
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Carolina Raptor Center is nestled on about 57 acres of pine-oak forest in the middle of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Your visit will begin in the Edna S. Moretti Education Center, where we have some educational displays and a fabulous gift shop. Leaving the education center, you will stroll along a trail through the woods where 23 species of raptors on display (all of these birds have been injured in some way so that they cannot be released into the wild).
At each cage you will be able to read about the ecology, natural history, and conservation of the birds in front of you. Also along the trail are information kiosks with more information about birds of prey and the mission and operation of Carolina Raptor Center. For many, the highlight of the trail is a chance to view Golden and Bald Eagles in our enormous eagle aviary (click to see), the only one in the Carolinas. It's an adventure for the whole family.
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