As humans watch birds, birds watch back, patiently waiting for an opportunity to swoop in and snag designer purses. Secure your satchel while getting a firsthand view of flying thieves with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission for two to Tracy Aviary (a $5 value per ticket for adults) and two tickets to Avian Encounters (a $3 value per ticket).
The brainchild of banker Russell Lord Tracy, Tracy Aviary is a public collection of 400 birds, including the Chilean flamingo, king vulture, and peacock sprawled about eight kempt acres. Explore more than 135 species of feathered beasts in exhibits from all around the globe, including the South American Pavilion, which provides a glimpse of the South American birds that Utah birds befriend when they travel south for winter migration. The diverse ecosystem of the Kennecott Wetland Experience lets the bird-curious observe a range of common birds, as well as endangered species that are losing their habitat due to a poorly positioned giant straw.
Tracy Aviary, the oldest aviary in the U.S. (born in 1938) is building new exhibits and improving existing ones with new construction. For a hands-on experience, Avian Encounters will let you and a friend stand in the presence of feeding pelicans at The Pelican Encounter or spy on feeding jungle gliders on the Amazon Adventure in an intimate setting (eight to 10 people maximum).
- If you are into birds, then this is the place. Tracy Avairy [sic] has all kinds of birds from bald eagles to cranes and hawks. All of the animals are well cared for and you can learn a lot about them from the helpful staff. – Leslie M., Insider Pages
- We walked around the aviary and saw many interesting birds. Each bird was more interesting than the next. – WakingLife, TripAdvisor
- I never have seen such a variety of birds in one place. – birdlady07, TripAdvisor
Shafts of sunlight pierce Tracy Aviary’s dense conifer forest, sending great grey owls into hiding until nightfall, when they emerge to hunt silently above the treetops. The Owl Forest is just one of five diverse ecosystems that dot the Tracy Aviary’s nine acres. Nearby, at the South American Pavilion, aviary keepers tend to the vibrant scarlet ibis, a visitor favorite. And in the Kennecott Wetland, visitors can espy long-billed curlews and American coots roosting in the tall grass.
In addition to providing a diverse habitat in which native and endangered species can thrive, Tracy Aviary’s curators strive to educate visitors about threats to avian species and to encourage conservation. To that end, Tracy Aviary hosts daily bird shows, small group talks with keepers, and up close encounters with many species.
Central City/ Liberty Wells
589 E 1300 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105Get Directions