Last week I had another opportunity to go to Bird Kingdom. Since the last time I was there, the Niagara Room has opened and I wanted to see that. It isn’t a big addition to the attraction, but it is nice. There is a room just before you go into the reptile encounter room where they have information about the history of Niagara Falls. There are reprints of various photos and newspaper articles. Since I’m pretty familiar with Niagara Falls and its history, there wasn’t much new there for me to see, but I still enjoyed it. In particular, it was neat to see a couple of photos of the Bird Kingdom from years ago before it was even the Niagara Falls Museum (when it was the Spirella Corset Company). This time, I also brought my parents along. They both found it interesting.
Once we got to the main aviary, my mother raved about it. She was thrilled when she fed the lorikeets. A lot of attractions say that there is “fun for the whole family”, but in the case of Bird Kingdom, it is definitely true. My 4-year-old daughter enjoyed it, as I did, as my mother did.
I took some more pictures while I was there for this last visit. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below. You can visit the Bird Kingdom in August 2012 to see the rest of the thumbnails and full-size images.
Note: I was going through some of my draft posts, and found that I had this post essentially all done, but never did post it. It is from some of the trips we took last year to Safari Niagara. I still wanted to post it as there are some nice pictures and a good HD video of the giraffes and hippos.
Prior to 2010, I had only been to Safari Niagara (formerly Zooz) twice. We had gone in the Summer of 2002. I didn’t realize it until now, but it had just opened in May of that year. We also went in December of 2004. The zoo itself wasn’t open, but they had a special Christmas hay ride where they had the Heat Miser, the Snow Miser, and Santa around the zoo.
Boy, how things have changed in the intervening six years. All I remember from that first trip was the bird area and how they had lots of space. This year, they still have lots of space, but it actually has a lot of animals now. There are birds, flamingos, deer, moose, tigers, lions, giraffe, hippopotamus, monkeys, and more. Other than the animals, there are lots of other things to do as well. There is a huge playground, a large splash pad, a “lake” to fish in, an area to play volleyball or badminton, giant chess and checkers, as well as paddle boats.
There’s probably no better place to teach children about birds, wildflowers and trees than by taking them on a hike in the Niagara Glen.
“It’s all about raising an awareness for nature and the environment and hopefully our youth will do what they can to protect it,” said Bruce Macdonald, founding president of the Friends of the Niagara Parks – Niagara Glen Group.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Friends of Niagara Glen, held their second annual Earth Day at the Glen. They were set up near the top of the access stairs and were joined by a number of other organizations including the Niagara Parks Commission, the Niagara Parks Police, the Niagara Falls Nature Club, Ontario Access Coalition, Leave No Trace and Scouts Canada. All had displays and representatives on hand to answer questions.
A couple of weeks ago my family went to visit Bird Kingdom (formerly called Niagara Falls Aviary) on River Rd in Niagara Falls. I’ve been several times before, and I enjoy it every time. If you’ve never been, the Bird Kingdom web site describes it this way:
The Bird Kingdom is the worlds largest, free flying aviary.
Located on the scenic Niagara Gorge and next to the Falls, the Bird Kingdom hosts a diverse collection of almost 400 birds representing nearly 80 species from around the world.
Bird Kingdom’s walk-through & wheel chair accessible environments create an intimate, up-close interaction between you and our free-flying birds, including opportunities to personally interact with different species in our Encounter Zone, Retile Area and during our daily Lorikeet feedings!
The Main Atrium is truly a sight to behold and is a multi-level natural environment; complete with 35 foot tall Palm Tree’s, a 40-foot tall waterfall, ponds and streams!
I know it’s promotional material, but it’s accurate. There are some smaller ares where you can see some birds in cages, as well as various reptiles. However, the big attraction is the “Main Atrium”. It is a huge room that is several stories high. There is a winding path through the room where you can see birds from all angles. The plant and water features do make you feel like you are in a far off land. The only thing that wasn’t right was the waterfall. It wasn’t on, which was kind of disappointing. The web site says that “quiet time” is from 10 am to 10:30 am, but we were there closer to Noon, and it still wasn’t on.
This trip was the first time that we had seen the Encounter Zone. This is a small room with some caged birds. At different times the birds are taken out and you can see them up close and have your picture taken with them. Unfortunately, when we weren’t there at one of the encounter times.
The last time we were at the Bird Kingdom, the Reptile Area was a separate attraction that cost a couple of bucks extra to get in. This time, it was included in the ticket price and had moved. There are snakes, lizards, turtles, and more that you can look at in tanks, cages, and pens. Some are even brought out for you to touch!