The World Center for Birds of Prey

Photo by Jonathan Wilkins

Boise, Idaho—while perhaps best known for being the state capital and home of the BSU Broncos—is also a haven for birds of prey. The World Center for Birds of Prey, an educational facility run by the Peregrine Fund, teaches visitors all about birds of prey from all over the world. There are live raptor presentations throughout the day, letting guests see the birds up close and learn more about the different species of birds they work with.

The World Center has a variety of indoor exhibits that help to showcase different aspects of raptor life, such as diet, migration and breeding. The Archives of Falconry, also hosted at the Center, is the world’s largest comprehensive English-language falconry library and contains a variety of artifacts both ancient and modern. Younger visitors can check out the Discovery Room, where there are hands-on activities planned especially for them.

Guests can also see live raptors on the quarter-mile trail that runs through a restored habitat area, or at Condor Cliffs, a Grand Canyon-inspired habitat close to where the world’s largest captive flock is housed while they raise their young.

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