The Marie Osterbuhr Aviary at the Lee Richardson Zoo is once again alive with a variety of birds as zoo staff recently released birds back into the exhibit from their winter holding areas. Typically the tropical residents that spend the winter off-exhibit are moved outside in May after freeze danger is past. Tuesday keepers released kookaburras, roadrunners, hamerkops, quail doves, Little blue herons, guira cuckoos, blue-faced honey eaters, and Abdim’s storks who joined birds that were able to spend the winter in the flight cage, including bar headed geese, ruddy ducks, speckled pigeons, a white stork and other species.
Zoo visitors can now enjoy a stroll through the path inside the free flight aviary, mingling with the many beautiful birds displayed there. The aviary is a favorite of zoo visitors looking for a shady respite on hot days, where they can watch a variety of exotic bird species unobstructed by fencing or mesh. A recent improvement to the aviary that our guests will appreciate is a new concrete path, replacing the former compacted gravel path.