Enjoy a fall travel day-trip at the Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park of Salt Lake City, home to a new exhibit of North American owls that’s just in time for fall Halloween events. Visitors might come face to face with flying hooting owls – just like in Harry Potter movies – at the Owl Forest. All of these feathered friends were rehabilitated after being injured in the wild, and then sent to the aviary for our educational enlightenment.
The aviary opened the Owl Forest with a total of 13 owls – seven different species native to North America – housed among more than 100 Utah native trees. Owl Forest inhabitants include a barn owl, barred owl, great horned owl, long-eared owl, short-eared owl, saw-whet owl and screech owl.
Renovation projects completed at Tracy Aviary as of summer 2011 include:
Destination Argentina (opened in 2005) includes a flamingo pond featuring a flock of our pink friends along with other bird, such as white-faced whistling ducks and Chileon wigeons.
New Exhibits for both Bald and Golden Eagles (2007), each with a water feature and landscape plants common to typical habitats.
Renovated Sandhill Crane Exhibit (2008), with the addition of a pond and wetland plant species as well as many grasses typically found in Utah meadows.
Kennecott Wetland Immersion Experience (2009) replaced the antiquated “flight cage” that dated back to the days when the zoo was located on the Tracy Aviary site.
Seriema Exhibit (2010) added to the Destination Argentina exhibit, to show-off one of Argentina’s most unusual looking birds.
Southern Ground Hornbill Exhibit (2010) was built to house our collection of one of the most charismatic bird species.
South American Pavilion (2010) a renovation that produced the first indoor exhibits where visitors can see birds in a comfortable indoor setting. Seven aviaries feature a wide collection of tropical birds.
Owl Forest (opened summer 2011) transforms an open space into a real forest; featuring numerous owl species ranging from the very small to the very large, and from those commonly seen to those rarely seen in Utah.
The Tracy Aviary is open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
589 East 1300 South – SW corner of Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Daily
Fees: Adults $7.00 children $5.00
Directions: Take the North entrance to the park from 900 South between 500 East and 700 East. Then drive the one-way loop counter-clockwise around to the South. The parking entry is just north of the Aviary grounds, and the temporary Main Entrance is located in the northwest corner of the Aviary.
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