The Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw, SC

This is one of those places we’ved wanted to visit for a very long time.  I can’t even tell you why it took so long to get here; the center has been around as long as we have lived here.  Sometimes those gems that are close by just keep being put on the back burner because you know you can go anytime.  Well, if you live here and have not been, don’t wait any longer; and if you are visiting and trying to decide whether to go, do it. 

A small, but very successful, non-profit The Center for Birds of Prey make all their money on your visits, an annual Gala Event with a silent and live auction and a few other special events.  We will definitely consider going to some of these events next year. 

The Center for Birds of Prey’s entrance is easy to find, located across 17 from Sewee Restaurant just south of the gas station.  There is plenty of parking and a small but lovely gift shop. 

They are open to the public Thursday – Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm with tours at 10:30 and 2:00, admission is $15.  Come early or stay after and visit the grounds to see the large variety of birds of prey up close and personal in their large enclosures.  The tours start with a very informative walk by some of the enclosures that house the Bald Eagle, vultures and kites. It is followed by an amazing flight demonstration first in an open field and ending at the owl section. 

There is a working hospital for the injured and rehabbing birds on site. They rescue around 600 birds a year.  But their mission goes further than just saving injured birds, they are very involved in the environmental and educational component. 

On a cooler day this is a place to wander and commune with nature while getting to see so many birds that fly by in the distance, never coming close. It is a rare and incredible opportunity to be in the presence of these amazing birds.  The tour was fun but we will return to wander and look in the eyes of greatness again.  I guarantee one visit and you will be moved to want to learn more and do more to protect these fine feathered creatures. 

Lydia Pontius