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Explore Your World with Community Science

You don’t need to be a scientist to do community science—the only requirement is your own curiosity! Community science with the National Aviary brings opportunities for families and individuals throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to engage in the scientific process and discover the natural world in their own backyard or local park. Community science is real science that uses the interest and ability of large numbers of people to make accurate observations of nature. National Aviary researchers work with community members to teach them what to look for, what information to collect, and how to record and submit their data. Community science can contribute significantly to scientific studies of birds. Projects like the Christmas Bird Count and the Great Backyard Bird Count have used the observations of community members for decades!

We invite people to help with studies of nesting backyard birds, migrating owls, and wintering hummingbirds.

Project Owlnet

Project Owlnet is a continent-wide research effort to understand the migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Neighborhood Nestwatch 

The National Aviary works with dozens of families in urban, suburban, and rural areas around Pittsburgh to document the survival and reproductive success of eight common bird species.

Tracking Western Hummingbirds

The National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill follows up on reports of unusual hummingbirds. Banding these tiny birds helps scientists understand their migration patterns.

Do you have a teen conservationist at home? Register them for this fall’s Teen Conservation Leadership program under the National Aviary’s CyBIRD Virtual Education platform.

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Pet Events: National Aviary offers holiday gift ideas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The National Aviary is promoting its always alluring bird-themed items in the gift shops as the perfect holiday gifts.

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National Aviary’s New Garden Room Kicks Off with Brunch | Pittsburgh Magazine

Enjoy brunch in The Garden Room, the National Aviary's new event space!

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New & Notable: The Garden Room | North Hills Monthly

The National Aviary recently celebrated the completion of The Garden Room, a new 9,000 sq. ft. event space that opens up to offer access to a beautiful patio and garden.

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New Garden Room at National Aviary opens with bird-safe glass | Construction Magazine

The new venue offers sweeping views of Allegheny Commons Park and the historic Rose Garden.

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