Wetlands

The Wetlands is an expansive, indoor habitat where more than 30 different bird species fly freely. The largest habitat at the National Aviary, the Wetlands underwent a total renovation, reopening in 2022. Today, this space includes hundreds of plants and trees with ample natural light filtering through more than 1,200 panels of bird-friendly glass. Every element of the habitat’s design was planned to encourage the natural behaviors, like nesting and preening, of the more than 100 birds that call the Wetlands home.

An impressive custom coastal-inspired tree provides space for birds to perch in the branches up high and built-in benches where guests can relax and take in this dynamic habitat. Watch as new species like the Blue-billed Curassow strut along the new walkway, and American Flamingos wade into a pond from the pebbly beach and listen as the brilliant Hadada Ibises call out from high up in the treetops.

The habitat, which was originally built in 1969, received a number of energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades in the renovation. The Wetlands features 20,000-square-feet of bird-friendly glass from Vitro Architectural Glass, the National Aviary’s exclusive glass partner. The new glass comes in two designs and was designed to prevent collisions by birds and maximize ultraviolet (UV) transmittance to help sustain wildlife and plant life throughout the year.

Thank you to our sponsors and funders:

Exclusive Glass Partner:

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The Buhl Foundation
Caroline Fredricka Holdship Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority
Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust 
Walker Glass Company Ltd.

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