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 $10, you get a family four pack of admission tickets (a $20 value) to Tracy Aviary plus 50% off at the gift shop. This deal price does not include the $1 conservation fee, which is mandatory for all visitors.
The brainchild of banker Russell Lord Tracy, Tracy Aviary houses a public collection of 400 birds, including the Chilean flamingo, king vulture, and peacock sprawled across 8 kempt acres. The exhibition opening of the Owl Forest provides visitors a glimpse of wise winged wonders in their natural habitat, silently hunting among native conifers. Explore more than 135 species of feathered beasts in exhibits from all around the globe, including South American Pavilion, which provides a glimpse of the South American birds that Utah birds befriend when they travel to their timeshares in Rio for winter migration. The diverse ecosystem of the Kennecott Wetland Experience permits the bird-curious to observe a range of common chirpers, as well as endangered species that are losing their habitat due to a poorly positioned giant straw. Guests can also immerse themselves in the winged lifestyle by swooping into educational activities such as the bird-and-trainer exhibition Birds in Flight, or Keeper Talks, where handlers host discussions on various feathered creatures.
The aviary's gift shop celebrates all things birdlike with a plethora of merchandise. Cheer for rare-bird sports teams with the District Threads distressed hat ($19.45) or entertain neighborhood robins with the Feathered Friends placemat ($8).
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.