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Big birds, fishing star at Carolina raptor center

Posted June 19, 2009
Updated June 20, 2009

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— Sharp-clawed, strong-beaked and feather-filled, eagles and hawks provide summer entertainment – and education – at the Carolinas Raptor Center, north of Charlotte.

About a half-dozen bald eagles live at the center, along with turkey vultures, owls and other birds of prey. All of the birds were rescued, and their condition prevents them from being released into the wild.

Instead, they are the stars of educational programs and exhibits at the raptor center.

Carolinas Raptor Center_01 Tourists flock to Carolinas Raptor Center

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children age 6 and older and free for children 5 and younger.

Surrounding the raptor center is the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, with 16 miles of horse-riding and hiking trails winding through woods. The nature center can provide visitors with information about what can be found along the trails.

"You don't need sunscreen. It's nice and shady," said tourist Jeniffer McCall, who brought her daughters, Hailey and Hannah, to the raptor center and nature preserve for the first time.

Melvin Geiger has brought his grandson Jaysean to fish in Latta Nature Preserve for the past 10 years.

"It's good bonding time," Geiger said. "He can take me fishing when he gets old."

The nature preserve and center aim to be a peaceful place where worries ripple away. Admission is free, and the center loans fishing rods to visitors who need the fishing implements.

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  • hobbsandcompany Jun 19, 2009

    Too bad the admission prices quoted in the article will be subject to the State and Local sales tax of around 6% or more if the proposed Senate tax plan becomes law. The General Assembly faces difficult choices, but taxing admissions to venues such as this does not sound like a good idea.

  • clintoflannagan Jun 19, 2009

    Very cool. I can't wait to take my kids. Thanks for posting this article.

  • charlesboyer Jun 19, 2009

    I have spent quite a bit of time at the CRC, and it is an educational trip for adults and children alike. Rarely will you ever have a chance to see birds or prey so closely.