Birdwatching Classes and More!

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


New! Falconry, the Sport of Kings

Lanner Falcon flying in the sky

Falconry, the Sport of Kings, has been around for thousands of years. Join the National Aviary’s licensed falconer, Cathy Schlott, to discover the rich history and modern day practices behind this unique sport. 

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Birding Expedition

Meet up with a National Aviary expert for a physically distanced outdoor birding adventure across Western Pennsylvania! 

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Birdwatching Kayak Tours with L.L.Bean

A group of kayakers on a lake

Get outside and explore local birds from a new angle- the water! We’re teaming up with L.L.Bean to offer kayaking birdwatching tours, great for new and experienced kayakers alike. Grab your binoculars and learn about birds from our experts as we kayak on North Park Lake. 

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Riverboat Birding

Join National Aviary Ornithologist Robert Mulvihill and the Rivers of Steel Explorer boat captain for a birding experience like no other! Spot river birds, such as cormorants, eagles, herons, mergansers, and songbirds 

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Introduction to Appreciating Birds

It’s not uncommon for people to feel nervous around birds. Join the National Aviary and learn about birds and what makes them so special with this exciting program. A bird expert will share information, answer questions, and introduce you to a small bird in a comfortable environment

An Eastern Screech-Owl on a glove
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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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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.

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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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