Birdwatching and Outdoor Activities

The National Aviary offers in-person birdwatching outings, ecotourism trips, and a variety of engaging classes for people of all skill levels!

Birding Expeditions with Bob

Meet up with National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill for physically distanced outdoor birding adventures throughout Western Pennsylvania. Learn techniques to enhance your birding skills and explore birding spots that may yield great opportunities to see birds native to and migrating through the state.  

This is a meet up-style program; participants travel independently to the locations. 

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Owl Prowls

You may see local owls, like an Eastern Screech Owl!

Who-o-o will you hear calling from the trees at night? Take a twilight trek through Pittsburgh’s parks with National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill to search for owls. Learn about the various owl species found in and around Pittsburgh, get to know their adaptations and behaviors, and with any luck, hear one calling from up in the trees! Participants should wear appropriate footwear for walking on unpaved paths and have a flashlight handy. Protective face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth and physical distancing between household groups is observed during all National Aviary activities. Stay tuned for new Owl Prowls in 2021!

Interested in a Private Owl Prowl?

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Stay tuned for more programs; coming 2021!

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Take the kids on a tropical retreat to the National Aviary, where bright macaws fly in a lush rainforest and flamingos pose in the wetlands habitat.

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Pet Tales: Aviary Welcomes New Chick | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There’s a new penguin in town, but this one doesn’t swing a hockey stick.

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National Aviary offering in-person, virtual programming | TribLIVE

Travel may not be an option right now because of the coronavirus, but visiting the National Aviary can make you feel like you’re on a tropical retreat!

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National Aviary Welcomes First Chick of the Year | WTAE - ABC Pittsburgh

The National Aviary started its celebration of 2021 with the hatching of an endangered African Penguin to first-time parents Buddy and Holly.

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