This past weekend Kyle and I went to the bird park!! I was so excited to finally go because I’ve had my eyes on this place for a while now. This park actually started as an avian breeding center. Well, there is still a breeding center, but now there is a park that’s open to the public (since 2006). Mike and Ali (the owners) moved here from England and started this breeding center in western NC before moving it East. They’re doing wonderful things for several endangered species! You can read more about it on their website ➳ here.
The park itself is self-guided with arrows pointing to different exhibits. It’s fairly easy to get around and it pretty well paved and everything is easily accessible. It’s interactive, too, which I love! While the birds are contained with netting above and gates or fences, as a visitor, you actually walk through their environments. So you’re not looking at them in cages, you’re in their space, which was pretty cool. (except for a select few!)
There are over 3,000 birds at this park and about 140 different species. And it’s only like $10 for a ticket! There’s a Groupon going on right now for it, 2 entries for $10 / 4 for $19 – which is awesome!
The exhibits are separated by origin of the species, so there are sections for Australia, North America, Africa, (plus others) and then “Multi-National”! Under every sign dictating what part of the world is being represented, there is a list of birds from the area with a photo, so it’s sort of an I spy game to find them!
The scenery was so gorgeous, too! Definitely not a boring walk-through park!
The beaver watching area was so neat, too. Even if we didn’t see any beavers. LOL. It was a dark room with these windows that you open to view and then shut. You have to be super quiet and use slow movements so you don’t scare them!
I MADE FRIENDS WITH A FLAMINGO.
Also, there’s a section where you can walk through and play with the little budgies! You pay $1 for a popsicle stick with bird seed on it, and those things FLOCK. It was hilarious, and I could not stop laughing. It was so much fun.
They nibble on your shoes and pants, climb all over you, play with your earrings, hitch a ride – SO FUNNY.
BEING ATTACKED. Just kidding. They were fighting though – all over the place! Like it was the last bird seed they’d ever get.
It was such a perfect morning and so much fun! Kyle and I had a BLAST. If you’re local (or not) it’s definitely worth traveling for! And before you go into the park, check out their “hatch of the day” and see what kind of new babies there are!