World Bird Sanctuary, Valley Park
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
World Bird Sanctuary is located in Valley Park. A visit to World Bird Sanctuary represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Valley Park trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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We are avid bird watchers in our family and heard about this sanctuary. We visited this past Saturday and had an amazing time. You can see the birds up close and personal along with educational inform... read more »
A little wandering in Valley Park got us to this place. It was a nice experience to see different species of Eagles, Chicken, Owls etc. There was a small hiking trail as well. It is a good place for b... read more »
This is our second time to visit the Sanctuary and this time we took our daughter and grandson, what great fun! The birds are just amazing and the informational displays great. It's a great stop for a... read more »
A great place for the whole family to visit.. Allow yourself a few hours to thoroughly enjoy what they really do here.. The educational opportunities abound. Great chance to see wild birds in different stages of rehabilitation. Take the time to see the Amazing Animal Encounters show.... Pretty neat and educational. Bring a couple dollars in cash for a really neat treat at the end of the presentation.
To see them take care of these birds is amazing. You can see one species at more than one location. Never knew about Polish Chickens. There's a 25 year old owl here!!! Inside, there is a grey rabbit, you can rub, but not pick up, with Mink like fur. There are snakes here along with other mammals too. The Summer Jr. staff....they are eager to spread their knowledge. Wonderful place and an shaded tree paved walking path. :-) Please Donate to this facility.
It breaks my heart to see people say things like "sorry to see the birds tied down" or "this is the worst place". I wish I could take you on a personal tour and share with you what I know. Birds of prey are sedentary creatures. They don't fly about because it's fun. Flying takes a great deal of energy and so if they don't need to flee danger, hunt for food or nesting materials, or find a mate, they are going to perch. This is what the birds at World Bird Sanctuary do. The equipment is more for their and the visitor's safety than for holding them in place. If any of the birds show signs of stress, volunteers and staff are quick to respond to the bird's needs. Many visitors tend to anthropomorphize birds in thinking that they "look" bored or are "stressed" because they are just perching. They don't exhibit facial expressions like people do so the look you see is what you get at any given time. They are cared for around the clock by people that love them. The birds that are on display in the weathering areas are all birds that were either hatched and hand raised in a breeding program (often right at WBS), were permanently injured and can not be released, or were rescued from the illegal bird trade. Any bird undergoing rehabilitation for release back to the wild will never be on display or have any encounters with humans beyond their immediate medical care. The birds that are on equipment have all given their permission if you will and have accepted the equipment. They are not forced to be glove birds or program birds. Birds that do not take to equipment, are not forced to do so but are then placed in open mews or enclosures without equipment (the jesses and leashes). Older birds are taken off equipment and cared for in mews as well. The staff and volunteers are very in tune with a bird's needs and will do what is necessary to make sure that every bird has the best care and creature comforts. I have seen this personally and am thrilled that this wonderful organization exists. Oh. And bird poo happens. Birds go whenever and wherever they like. It's a fact of life. And vultures love deer heads. It's gross but a wonderful teaching moment when you visit and see what the delightful Andean Condor loves to eat.
How have I not been here before? The amazing animals presentation was super cool and informative. Neat place. :)
Very happy with all the birds there. They are well looked after. The information provided was very accurate. It was a fun day trip right next to the elk park.
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