Tracy Aviary - Salt Lake City, Utah - A public aviary featuring over 400 birds


In 1938, a visionary named Calvin R. Wilson became the manager of the new aviary that would be located in Liberty Park and populated with birds donated by a local banker by the name of Russell Lord Tracy. A park within a park, the Tracy Aviary is located on 8 acres inside Salt Lake City's Liberty Park. Tracy Aviary boasts about 400 birds, and visitors are encouraged to purchase bird food from dispensers to feed the ducks around the pond.

Some of the bird species housed at the Tracy Aviary include plovers, owls, thrushes, condors, tragopans, cranes, vultures, eagles, and hornbills. One of the premier features of the aviary is the Amazon Adventure, here visitors can hand feed South American Parrots, and even interact with them as they land on your arms and hands.

The Amazon Adventure does require an additional fee; tickets are available at the front entrance. Feeding the parrots requires a visit during feeding times, which are 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30am daily. This exhibit is only open during the warm weather months.

An all year bird-feeding exhibit is the Pelican Encounter; at this bird encounter visitors interact with a bird trainer while they feed fish to a flock of American white pelicans. There is also an additional fee for the Pelican Encounter with tickets available at the front entrance.

During the summer, the Tracy Aviary offers bird shows twice a day in their outdoor amphitheater. These shows feature free flight birds, and last approximately 25 minutes. There are also indoor bird programs offered during winter at Chase Mill. These programs give visitors the opportunity to interact with bird trainers and get up close to many different species of birds.

Summer camps are offered at Tracy Aviary for children in grades 1 - 4. Each of these full day camps features a different theme that consists of activities and educational programs. Some examples of themed summer camps at the aviary include "A Mess of Nests'' where children learn about bird nests, and also create their own.

Tracy Aviary also offers a couple of different birthday party packages for children. When purchasing the basic package for 10, you get an hour in the Rain Forest Party Room, as well as a visit from a bird, an activity, and a special present for the birthday child. A special host arranges your party. The next level up from the basic birthday package includes admission for 15 guests, and an hour and a half in the Rain Forest Party Room with your own host, as well as an extra game or activity. Both packages offer additions for an extra fee.

Wheelchairs and wagons rentals are available at the front entrance for a small fee, and there are also restrooms located in the Chase Mill at the south end of the aviary.

The Tracy Aviary is open at 9:00 AM every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day when it is closed all day. During the winter months the aviary closes at 4:30 PM, and during summer it closes at 6:00 PM.

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