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  • Jennifer Dowd

A Day of Majesty with a Visit to the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre in Duncan - Nov 18, 2023

Updated: Jan 2

Today, I had the privilege of experiencing the breathtaking world of raptors at the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, accompanied by my Aunt. Nestled in the heart of nature, this sanctuary for birds of prey provided an enchanting escape from reality, allowing me to temporarily set aside the weight of grief that has been pressing on my shoulders.

As we stepped onto the grounds of the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre, the crisp air carried the promise of adventure. Surrounded by towering trees and the melody of bird calls, I could feel the anticipation building. The center, dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of raptors, is home to a variety of majestic birds, each with its own unique story.

Our journey began with a captivating flight demonstration, where the sky became a canvas for the soaring beauty of eagles, owls, and hawks. Witnessing these magnificent creatures in flight, their wings outstretched against the backdrop of the lush Pacific Northwest landscape, was nothing short of awe-inspiring. The bond between the birds and their handlers was amazing, creating a harmonious dance between nature and humanity.

The Raptors Centre is not just a spectacle for the eyes; it's also a hub of knowledge and conservation efforts. Expert handlers provided informative sessions, sharing stories about the individual birds' journeys to recovery and the importance of preserving these awe-inspiring species. I found solace in the knowledge that organizations like this are working tirelessly to protect and rehabilitate these creatures.

As the day unfolded, I couldn't help but be grateful for the temporary reprieve the Raptors Centre provided. The immersive experience allowed me to immerse myself in the beauty of the natural world, diverting my mind from the shadows of grief that had been following me. The gentle rustle of feathers and the keen eyes of the raptors seemed to carry healing energy as if nature itself was offering comfort.

I couldn't help but feel a sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the majesty of the creatures that inhabit this sanctuary, for the knowledge shared by passionate handlers, and for the healing moments spent in the company of my aunt.


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