Hold onto your hats and get a close-up look at some of nature's most spectacular predators - owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and even vultures.
These impressive birds of prey have been an integral and exciting part of the High Desert Museum from the very beginning. Twice a day during our Bird of Prey Encounters our wildlife staff introduces you to one of our birds and sheds light on their way of life in the high desert.
There's Charisma and Kokanee the bald eagles, Nicholas the golden eagle, Luna the great horned owl and more.
In the summer you can enjoy a very close fly-by in our daily Raptors of the Desert Sky program. Performed in a natural forest setting just north of the Miller Ranch at the Museum, this informative program has free-flying owls, hawks, falcons and vultures.
Click here to Adopt one of the Birds of Prey Center Animals
None of the animals cared for at the Museum can be released to the wild. Most of them were rescued after being injured. Many of the birds cannot fly due to their injuries. Other animals rely on us just to survive because they never learned how to hunt or avoid predators. When people take young animals from their parents, these animals become “imprinted” on humans and can no longer survive in the wild.
The Museum’s wildlife staff works with our animals daily to build their trust. Our animals’ habitats are designed to give them the space and environment they require. This is all a part of the Museum’s commitment to delivering the highest standard of animal care.