The 17-acre campus of the Raptor Center borders the Tongass National Forest and the Indian River in Sitka. It features award-winning natural habitats for Raptors-in-Residence. Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the place has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, making it the state's premier visitor attraction. The Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to injured bald eagles and other birds. While the treated raptors are released back into the wild, the severely injured ones are taken care of for rehabilitation. These birds join the Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for visitors and children.