The Alaska Raptor Center is located in Sitka on seventeen acres bordering the Tongass National Forest. This premier rehabilitation facility provides treatment to injured bald eagles and other birds with the goal of returning the birds back to their natural wild habitat.
Those birds that are too severely injured to return to the wild remain at the Raptor Center in Sitka and become one of the Raptors-in-Residence. Currently, the center has 25 birds that call the center home, including bald and golden eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. These birds are the center of attention for visitors and provide an opportunity to get a closer look at local wildlife.
In the Bald Eagle Flight Training facility, visitors to the Raptor Center in Sitka can observe the birds in the enclosed rainforest area without disturbing them as they sharpen flying abilities and hunting skills in preparation for returning to the wild. The center has additional areas to test the birds' maneuverability and stamina—both necessary steps before graduating to release status.
The Alaska Raptor Center is open from 8 am until 4 pm and offer tours from May through September. The center has a gift shop as well, with all proceeds going towards the rehabilitation of eagles and other bird species, and it focuses on educating the public about raptors, promoting awareness of wildlife conservation and the environment, and conducting bald eagle research. Along with attractions such as the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the center is a popular stop for shore excursions during Alaska cruises.