Conservation Projects

Conservation Projects

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. Projects are founded on the belief that field research, conservation and education are fundamentally linked and are best done in concert.

  • Project Principalis

    The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is one of the most iconic birds in North America. Learn about the National Aviary's efforts to document this species.

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  • High Andes Habitats

    The High Andes is one of the world's biodiversity treasures, but it is under-studied and at risk. Learn about our work to protect the diverse bird species in this region.

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  • Mariana Islands

    The unique birds of the Mariana Islands face a threat from an invasive species. Learn about the multi-faceted approach the National Aviary is taking to protect species.

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  • Neotropical Migratory Birds

    Neotropical birds are facing declining populations. Read about our efforts to study these indicator species and protect the habitats they rely on for wintering and breeding.

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  • Hispaniola

    Hispaniola is a hotspot for biodiversity, home to many endemic and migratory species, but its forests are rapidly disappearing. Learn how we are working to further conservation efforts on the island.

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  • Meet Our Team

    Meet the researchers, research assistants, and student researchers who work around the globe to save birds and protect their habitats.

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In The News

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National Aviary to offer ‘World of Oceans’ program | Observer Reporter

The summer season has begun at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh where a “World of Oceans” await.

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Best of the Burgh: Best Pittsburgh Events to Get All Dressed Up | Pittsburgh Magazine

Night in the Tropics allows guests to explore the largest aviary in the country after dark; food, drinks, dancing and getting up-close with some of the Aviary’s 500 birds are mainstays of the program.

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Hike, Bike, Explore, and Support the National Aviary’s Second Annual Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan |

After a successful inaugural year, the virtual fundraiser supporting the National Aviary is back with a new, intuitive platform allowing hikers, bikers, and explorers to connect with nature from anywhere in the world.

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Vitro Architectural Glass Helping Restore Aviary Wetlands | Building Enclosure

The Wetlands habitat renovation includes the addition of over 20,000 square-feet of bird-friendly glass donated by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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