Saturday, December 7, 2013

Winter Wednesdays at Tracy Aviary

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I'm so happy Winter Wednesdays are back at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City!  For just $1 (their conservation fund contribution) you get into our favorite "bird zoo", filled with birds both rare and common from all over this lovely planet.  Chiquita has so much fun seeing and hearing all the birds and Wednesdays are perfect, even in this chilly winter weather. 

Our ideal schedule:

10:15 - 10:30 am - Arrive, check in at the gift shop.  If it's especially chilly, you can spend some time coloring some of the birds you will be seeing in the coloring corner. 

The rest of the time you can visit some of the birds around the park.  I recommend stopping by the rare bird section, visiting Andy the Andean Condor and walking around the pelican pond.

10:30 - 10:55 am - Book and bird!  A staff member reads a fun bird themed book (inside!) and then brings a bird out from the book for the kids to meet up close!  Chiquita LOVED this. 

The last time we went they read The Song of Six Birds, a book about a girl in Africa who got a flute and asked six different birds to add their songs to her flute.  After the book we met an African Hornbill.

10:55 - 11 am - They have to have everyone vacate the storytelling area to set up for the Indoor Bird Encounter.  It's a great time to go visit a few more birds (the waterfowl exhibit is nearby) or let your kidlet spin the interactive statue outside the education space (it makes the birds spin!).

11 am - Indoor Bird Encounter!  You get to meet 3 or 4 of the birds that live at Tracy Aviary, ask questions and have them fly right over your head or walk by your feet.  Make sure you stash your snacks before this starts because plenty of their birds would love to take it right out of your hands.  This trip we met Millie - the American Crow,  Rembrant - a Macaw, a Southern Ground Hornbill, Barney - a Great Horned Owl, and a falcon (sorry I didn't remember a few of their names).

After the bird encounter you can visit more birds, stopping in the South American Pavillion to warm up, until your little one is done.  If you didn't visit the coloring corner at the beginning, it's a great way to finish off your visit.

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