Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, 407/644-0190, www.audubonofflorida.org, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $5 adults, $4 children, children under 3 free) is primarily a rehabilitative center for eagles, owls, hawks, and other raptors, but it’s open to the public and offers occasional educational programs.
The center rescues nearly 700 birds annually, with the goal of rereleasing them back into the wild; for that reason, the majority of the birds are kept away from human contact so they don’t become acclimated to humans. Some, however, are so injured that they’ll be living out the rest of their lives in captivity; these birds—some 20 species are represented—can be seen in a beautiful aviary, along with accompanying information about their various struggles.
Guided on-site tours are available for groups (10–30 people, $100 per group) with five-day advance notice.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition