Here in Pittsburgh, we not only have an amazing zoo, but the National Aviary, home to over 500 different birds! That sounds cool and all, but if you’re like me, it also sounds a little scary. I’m not the biggest bird fan. I had a cockatiel for a few years as a child, and he spent all of his time biting people, pooping on everyone, and expertly recreating the sound of our old dot-matrix printer. And let’s face it, birds LOVE to poop on humans (as far as I can tell). But since I am a grown up, I decided I needed to face my fears and go to the Aviary this year.
Ahead is our photo-blog of our day at the Aviary!
Astoundingly cute little flying foxes!! There are many programs throughout the day, and we highly recommend checking them out, especially snack time for the bats. They are fruit bats who love to eat tropical fruit treats. Adorable.
We had a great day at the Aviary. No poop (on us, anyhow)! Plan to spend at least 2 hours so you can see all the birds and some of the shows. In addition to the 2 sessions we attended (bat feeding and lori feeding), you can see the penguins eat their dinner, watch the aviculturists feed the birds in the rainforest, wetlands, and grasslands areas, or sign up for one of their special interactive encounters. AND don’t forget, if you get pooped on, let someone know so you can get your special badge!