Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Tracy Aviary - Must See in Salt Lake City

Today I finally visited the The Tracy Aviary, located in Liberty Park in downtown Salt Lake City. I expected it to be a small, simple thing, but it far surpassed my expectations. I love birds and this is the real deal. I loved this place, can't wait to go again and would recommend it to those living in, or visiting, Salt Lake. After my visit today I am currently entertaining the idea of signing up as a volunteer for the place...

The Tracy Aviary is one of two free-standing aviaries in the United States. Who knew there were only two like this? It has been open to the public since 1938, started by a charitable act of Salt Lake City banker Russell Lord Tracy who donated his private bird collection to Salt Lake City and its children. That donation started the aviary which today sits on 8-acres of land in Liberty Park and has approximately 400 birds representing 135 species, many of them rare or endangered.

The Tracy Aviary has been expanding since 2005 guided by a master plan for all bird exhibits to represent bird habitats north and south along the Western Hemispheric Flyway - the migratory route used by bird species that frequent the Great Salt Lake and other Utah areas.

Here are some photos from today's visit to the aviary. Enjoy!

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