Posted by: JulieAloha | May 7, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 127: Conservation Aviary

May 7, 2017

Today I spent some time going to the birds – in the Conservation Aviary and the Marsh in the Temperate Forest area of the Zoo. This is a great time to visit, Spring is all around and the birds aren’t waiting for the bees. The males are showing off all their glory for the ladies, beautiful displays and dances, songs of love and longing, and there’s a great flurry of nest building and egg laying and chick rearing. The path begins (or ends, depending on where you start) right outside the Family Farm and Bug World as you enter the double doors to the Conservation Aviary – please make sure you only open one door at a time as there are free flight birds in this area. Nicobar pigeons and tawny frogmouth owls roam the Aviary outside the exhibits of Victoria crowned pigeons and plush crested jays, blue-billed curassows and violaceous turaco. There’s a short path from the Aviary to the Marsh, but don’t miss the red-crowned cranes and the tundra swan along the way. The Marsh includes green heron, emperor goose, hooded merganser, cinnamon teal and buffleheads, northern shoveler and fulvous whistling ducks. Then, after another set of double doors, you’ll find the white-naped cranes and hooded cranes, and at the end of the alley some non-birdy residents, the maned wolves and red pandas. If you haven’t visited this area of the Zoo, make the effort sometime – the birds are waiting.

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Also, Hippo Birdie 2 Ewe, Jono…you’ll always be in my heart.


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