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World Migratory Bird Day at the National Aquarium

Small Bird on a Branch

Get connected to bird conservation through special bird encounters and stop in the Harbor View Room from 10 am to 2 pm to hear the National Aquarium's own aviculturists share their experiences working with birds in the field and at the Aquarium. Stop in for just one chat or stay for them all!


Aimee Milarski, Aviculturist, Australia and Rain Forest Exhibits

The National Aquarium supports Audubon's Project Puffin-Seabird Restoration Program by sending aviculturists to participate in their conservation efforts. This program focuses on the Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula articula), but has expanded to include monitoring of many species including razorbills (Alca torda) and black guillemots (Cepphus grille). National Aquarium aviculturist Aimee Milarski will share her experiences working with Project Puffin, how those opportunities have benefited the Aquarium's puffins and what that means for Maryland's Atlantic shoreline.

Species Survival Programs

Tim Johnson, Aviculturist, Australia and Rain Forest Exhibits

The National Aquarium participates in the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Programs. These programs monitor and maintain healthy populations of birds in zoo and aquarium care by ensuring genetic variability. Many National Aquarium birds participate in these programs, helping to create sustainable populations for animals in care.

Seasons are for the Birds

Crystal Duff, Aviculturist, Australia and Rain Forest

Migration is the seasonal movement of birds and is driven by environmental factors like food availability and temperature. The National Aquarium aviculture staff mimic seasonality for the birds under our care to promote natural behaviors and good health. This presentation will explore the ways the Aquarium creates environmental changes for birds in care and discuss the benefits the birds experience. You'll also learn about the seasonal changes experienced by birds in our own backyard!

Birds Participate in their Own Care

Cheryl Payne, Aviculturist, Australia and Rain Forest Exhibits

The National Aquarium aviculture staff uses positive reinforcement to teach birds in-care behaviors, such as checking in for the day when they hear a sound or presenting their feet and wings for inspection. This talk will include the basics of training behaviors, as well as videos of the Aquarium's birds demonstrating their own talents.

Birds in Maryland, Birds in your Backyard

Tammy Walling, Senior Aviculturist, Australia and Rain Forest Exhibits

Maryland is on the Atlantic flyway for birds migrating in North America, making it crucial to avian conservation. This talk will focus on the importance of conservation of birds migrating through Maryland, as well as how each of us can provide habitat for birds in our backyards.

Conservation Initiatives: Good for people, Good for birds

Maggie Ostdahl, Conservation Operations Manager

The National Aquarium is actively engaged in a variety of conservation projects around Baltimore which support migratory bird habitat as well as green spaces in an urban environment. Join us to find out more and learn how you can get involved.

Activities and presentations are included with Aquarium admission.

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