Conservation

Conservation

The National Aviary works to save birds and protect habitats around the world. The Department of Conservation and Field Research studies human impacts on birds and the environment and develops targeted programs to protect biodiversity. Our national and international conservation and field research projects span a range of topics and perspectives, from classical ecological research, to applied conservation, to more traditional zoo-based reintroduction activities. Our projects are founded on the belief that field research, conservation, and education are linked, and are best done in concert.

  • Projects

    The National Aviary conducts conservation research programs in the United States, Mariana Islands, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean Basin. Learn more about our work to save birds and protect habitats at home and abroad.

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  • Community Science

    Community science projects bring conservation and scientific inquiry to the backyards of people around southwestern Pennsylvania, and beyond.

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  • Saving Species

    Through collaborative Species Survival Plans®, we can help ensure healthy populations for threatened species.

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  • Stories

    Meet the birds we work to save, and the people who are making an impact on avian conservation worldwide.

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  • FlightPaths

    Read news from the National Aviary's Department of Conservation and Field Research.

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  • ECO-CELL

    Throughout the summer, the National Aviary is partnering with ECO-CELL, an organization that recycles electronic items smaller than a laptop in order to reduce the demand for coltan and coltan mining.

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In The News

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Verify: Experts encourage keeping feeders down | WUSA

"Keep your feeders down," Mulvihill said. "Wait until there is an announcement from one of the credible sources of information."

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National Aviary Experts Weigh in on Bird Illness | Pittsburgh Today Live - KDKA

PTL's David Highfield talks with National Aviary experts Dr. Pilar Fish and Bob Mulvihill about a mysterious illness that is killing songbirds in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

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Kidsburgh Learning Guide: Discovering the Joy of Outdoor Learning | Kidsburgh

All year round, the Pittsburgh region is full of great opportunities to explore outdoors — and build knowledge about science, math and the environment along the way.

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Seven Days in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Explore the biodiversity of Africa’s wildlife during African Adventure at the National Aviary.

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Drifting and Watching with the National Aviary | Pittsburgh Magazine

The bird zoo’s collaboration with L.L. Bean is a peaceful summer outing.

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