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!

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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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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In The News

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KODIAK™ IS HOME: National Aviary Announces the Safe Return of Beloved Steller’s Sea Eagle | National Aviary News

National Aviary officials this morning announced that Kodiak, or Kody, the Steller’s Sea Eagle™, has safely returned to the National Aviary, where he has thrived for 15 years.

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Owl-O-Ween Returns To National Aviary | KDKA - CBS Pittsburgh

The National Aviary’s Owl-O-Ween fall celebration will be back this year.

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National Aviary Celebrates the Mysterious Creatures of Fall with a Family-friendly Event Twilight Treks, and Owl-inspired Art | National Aviary News

Celebrate things that flutter and flap in the night this fall when three beloved fall festivities return to the National Aviary.

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Outstanding CEOs: Cheryl Tracy, National Aviary | Pittsburgh Business Times

Cheryl Tracy is a winner of a 2021 Fox Rothschild Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives award.

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Meet the National Aviary’s “Friends of the Flock” emerging leaders class | Pittsburgh Business Times

Friends of the Flock, an initiative for The National Aviary designed to engage young leaders in the nonprofit’s mission, has 14 new members.

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