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!

Summer Camps…For Adults!

You asked and we delivered — feel like a kid again and join the National Aviary for a session of our Summer Camps… For Adults! Go behind-the-scenes at the National Aviary as you help prepare food for our flock, get up-close with our animal ambassadors, and more! Join us at North Park for our Outdoor Adventure Camp as you bird, kayak, and zipline for an unforgettable day!


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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Bird Watching Kayak Tour with L.L.Bean

Get outside and explore local birds from a new angle- the water! We’re teaming up with L.L.Bean to offer this new kayaking birdwatching tour, great for new and experienced kayakers alike. 

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South Pacific Wonders with AAA and the National Aviary

The South Pacific is home to a variety of beautiful birds trip-goers will get to see and experience under the expert guidance of Dr. Pilar Fish! Travel through Australia and New Zealand for a trip of a lifetime during our South Pacific Wonders tour with AAA and the National Aviary.

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Group Travel with the National Aviary and AAA Travel

Two Sandhill Cranes

In 2022, join National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill on a birdwatching getaway to one of two birding destinations! Experience a variety of habitats in the southwest during the Arizona Birdwatching and Tucson Adventure! Or witness one of North America’s most incredible migration journeys during the Great Sandhill Crane Migration: An Adventure in the Heartland.

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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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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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