Bird Watching Bus Tours, Trips, & Classes

Guided wild bird tours:

Let us handle the details – board a private bus, sit back, and relax as you head to ideal birding locations, led by National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill. Call 412-258-9463 or email to sign up today!

Bus Tour Dates:

Winter Raptor Bus Tour
Wednesday, January 29 and Wednesday, February 5
8 am - 5 pm
$90 for members
$100 for nonmembers
Price includes lunch!

Scan the skies for nearly a dozen raptors, including winter-only the Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Call 412-258-9463 to register; space is limited; reservations required

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Waterfowl Migration
Saturday, March 14
8 am - 5 pm
$85 for members
$95 for nonmembers
Price includes bagged lunch!

Get the chance to see hundreds of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons, geese, and swans! Planned stops included Lake Arthur, Conneaut Marsh, and Pymatuning Resevoir.

Call 412-258-9463 to register; space is limited; reservations required.

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Classes for All Ages

Check back soon for updates on classes!

Group Offerings:

Select from one of these fascinating presentations delivered by our ornithologist for groups of 15 people or more. Live bird appearances are not included. 

  • Bird Conservation
    Get an insider look at the National Aviary’s bird conservation projects at home and across the globe.
  • Identify that Bird
    Prime your bird-watching skills by learning more about the birds of the Pittsburgh region, and how the right binoculars, field guides and apps can support your success.
  • Birding by Ear
    This introduction to bird song teaches you how to identify birds by their songs and calls. It is a must for any new or seasoned birdwatcher.
  • What’s Good for Birds is Good for Your Backyard
    This overview of bird-friendly habitats is a great starting point for creating a space that is attractive to birds and healthier for you!

National Aviary Educational Programs can be adapted and modified to fit any age group.  If you have any questions, please email or call 412-258-9439.

Behind-the-scenes Experiences at the National Aviary: 

  • Be a VIP at the National Aviary!
    Get the star treatment at the National Aviary!  Families, friends or couples can customize their VIP experience by selecting from an exciting menu of options, including exclusive, behind the scenes activities!
    Cost: $300 per person, or $500 for 2 people
  • Be a Trainer for a Day!
    Spend a full day alongside our aviculturists and trainers, discovering what it takes to care for, feed and train more than 500 birds. See a show with a bird training session. Help to feed beauitful birds, and spend some time with our colony of African penguins!
    Cost: $275 per person, or $450 for 2 people

Book your VIP Experience or Trainer for Day today by calling 412-258-9439.

Travel with the National Aviary 

Costa Rica 2020

Join Dr. Pilar Fish, Director of Veterinary Medicine for the National Aviary, on this 13 day tour of Costa Rica with AAA Travel! This trip offers the rare opportunity to visit one of the world's biodiversity hotspots! Click here to learn more about the trip.