About Us

An experience of a lifetime is waiting at The Center for Birds of Prey

Wild birds are among the world's most illuminating sentinel species. Birds are numerous, conspicuous, diverse, widespread and particularly sensitive to environmental changes. The ecological status of wild birds directly reflects the condition of the ecosystem and biodiversity as a whole. Environmental issues that impact wild bird populations often have potential human health implications as well.

Ideally situated on a 152-acre campus near Charleston, South Carolina, the Avian Conservation Center is dedicated to the study and welfare of birds and their habitats and to engaging the public in important environmental issues that affect birds and humans alike.

Operating 365 days a year with support from more than 60 trained and dedicated volunteer staff members, the Avian Conservation Center's medical clinic treats more than 500 injured birds of prey each year. The Avian Conservation Center has treated and released thousands of injured birds since its founding in 1991.

The Avian Conservation Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporate entity founded in 1991 to contribute to the fields of science, education and conservation.

Mission statement

To identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research and conservation initiatives.

The Avian Conservation Center and its principal operating division, The Center for Birds of Prey:
  • Operates a professional avian medical clinic for injured birds of prey and some shorebird species
  • Offers on-site and outreach educational programs to students and adults
  • Conducts relevant field and laboratory research studies
  • Participates in and supports international conservation issues
  • Is a first-line responder for oiled birds in the event of a contaminant spill affecting native bird populations and their fragile breeding habitats along the South Atlantic coast
  • Serves as a primary resource for creating ongoing awareness of the ecological impacts of a contaminant spill and makes available proactive measures to reduce the likelihood of such an event

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Injured Birds or Sightings

Call the Center immediately
at (843) 971-7474 to report it.

When you find an injured bird of prey or shorebird, your quick response may save its life. For complete instructions, see handling the injured bird.

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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Closures

  • Thursday, November 26 - Closed for Thanksgiving

  • Thursday & Friday, December 24 & 25 - Closed for Christmas

  • Friday, January 1 - Closed for New Year's Day

  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 11-13 - Closed for Southeastern Wildlife Expo

Upcoming Special Events

For more information about any of the above events, please call 843.971.7474.

Hours & Location

The Center for Birds of Prey
4719 Highway 17N
Awendaw, SC 29429
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We are Open to the Public
Thurs. – Sat.: 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Tour Times: 10:30a.m. & 2:00p.m.

Buy Tickets Online
or call (800) 979-3370

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1247
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone: 843.971.7474
Fax: 843.971.7029