Enhanced Offerings from Alaska Raptor Center at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
Since 2004 the Sitka-based Alaska Raptor Center has partnered with Kawanti Adventures and The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a 40-acre reserve, just 10 miles from downtown Ketchikan and the cruise-ship ports. New this summer, Kawanti Adventures is offering a raptor flight experience presented in their custom-built, 1,500 square foot flight auditorium.
Alaska Raptor Center staff host this live demonstration and provides detailed information about the specialized physical and behavioral adaptations raptors share. In addition to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary’s trails, bear viewing boardwalks, historic sawmill, totem park and retail center, the new tour features a raptor courtyard. The courtyard boasts magnificent enclosures to provide up-close viewing opportunities of a variety of raptor species, including the majestic bald eagle. With no nets or screens between the birds and guests, there is a unique opportunity for professional and amateur photographers to get the best possible shots of these awe-inspiring creatures.
A portion of the proceeds go to the Alaska Raptor Center, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, for the rehabilitation of wild birds, education, and research.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.