Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center's Raptor Trail.
Catch wonder by the tail with our formal and informal education programs. Children 3 to 93 will delight the science and natural history of 38 raptor species and how they have inspired human invention.
Staff and volunteers at this hidden hospital in the woods treats over 900 injured and orphaned birds a year – more than any other US raptor center. Over 70% are released back into the wild!
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FALL 2021 SEASON AVIAN ADVENTURES
Sponsored by Charlotte Water
All episodes premiere on Mondays at 3 pm and then remain available for streaming on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe and get weekly reminders of upcoming episodes.
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EPISODE 1: HOW DO BIRDS WORK TOGETHER? WATCH
Bird have symbiotic relationships with one another and with other animals. In this episode, you will learn about cooperation in the animal kingdom.
EPISODE 2: WHY DO WE HAVE NON-NATIVE SPECIES? WATCH
You'll find birds from all over the world on the trail at the Raptor Center in Huntersville, NC. But why do we have birds from abroad at our center? Whether it's conservation, rescue or education, each bird has a purpose and a message to share.
EPISODE 3: HOW CAN BIRDS FLY? WATCH
Humans looked to the heavens and were inspired to fly like birds. But how does it actually work? What are the adaptations and parts of a bird's physiology that make it possible?
EPISODE 4: WHAT OWL IS THIS? WATCH
Discover the different kinds of owls that could be calling in your backyard. Learn how to tell which owl is your neighbor and what to do to make your yard more inviting for wildlife.
EPISODE 5: HOW DO RAPTORS POOP? WATCH
Poop. The guaranteed giggle for kids. It's icky; it's interesting; and its all on display here for you to enjoy. Learn the ins and out of raptor bodily functions in this episode of Avian Adventures.
EPISODE 6: WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BIRD CHECK UP? WATCH
Our resident birds stay healthy and "happy" with regular health checks. On this Avian Adventures you'll go behind the scenes to see what happens when a bird gets checked out.
EPISODE 7: HOW DO RAPTORS CATCH FISH? WATCH
Osprey and Bald Eagles are both good fishermen. See how some of these Ospreys' adaptations make them the best fishermen in the avian world. Subscribe to our channel and don't miss an episode!
EPISODE 8: WHY DO RAPTORS FLOCK? WATCH
Did you know that a group of crows is called a "MURDER"? And that Harris' Hawks hunt in family groups? Learn about that and more during this episode of Avian Adventures.
EPISODE 9: HOW OLD IS THIS BIRD? WATCH
How can you tell how old a bird is from its feathers? This episode shows you a few different ways including using a blacklight to age owls. New feathers glow pink!
EPISODE 10: WHAT IS THE FASTEST ANIMAL IN THE WORLD? WATCH
Cheetahs are fast but their top speed of 70 mph doesn't hold a candle to the Peregrine Falcon's top speed of over 200 mph. See how they do it in this episode of Avian Adventures.
EPISODE 11: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL A RAPTOR? WATCH
In this episode, we follow an injured Barred Owl through intake, surgery, recovery and release. The process took 28 days and all of the expertise of our expert medical staff.
EPISODE 12: HOW DO RAPTORS STAY WARM AND DRY? WATCH
Feathers play an important role in protecting birds from the elements. This episode shows the adaptations that keep birds warm and dry.
SPECIAL EPISODE: HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE RAPTOR CENTER WATCH
Wishing everyone a happy holiday season with a short story about our Andean Condor, Matilda.
EPISODE 13: HOW DOES THE RAPTOR CENTER REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE FOR THE BIRDS? WATCH
Reduce, reuse and recycle: the basis of a eco-friendly lifestyle. How do we use these concepts at the Raptor Center to enhance the lives of our birds through enrichment? In this final episode of Season 2, learn about enrichment --what it means and how it ensures a high quality of life for all the permanent bird residents at the Raptor Center.