National Aviary http://wesa.fm en With the Great Lakes Frozen, A Rare Flock of Seagulls Roosts in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/great-lakes-frozen-rare-flock-seagulls-roosts-pittsburgh <p>Thousands of birds, commonly called seagulls, have made a rare migration south to roost at Pittsburgh’s North Shore.</p><p>Bob Mulvihill, an ornithologist at the National Aviary said the gulls ("seagull" is actually a colloquial term, he explained), normally roost at the Great Lakes this time of year, but the extreme cold from the polar vortex has frozen the surfaces.<br /> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:35:53 +0000 Heather McClain 25261 at http://wesa.fm With the Great Lakes Frozen, A Rare Flock of Seagulls Roosts in Pittsburgh Bald Eagle Lays Egg in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/bald-eagle-lays-egg-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the first pairs of bald eagles to nest in the Pittsburgh area in more than 200 years is expecting a baby soon.</span></p><p>The female bald eagle laid her first egg of the year Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at the nest in Hays and will most likely lay another in the next 24 hours, according to National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill.</p><p>He said the female began her 35-day incubation period as soon as the egg was laid, setting the expected date of hatching toward the end of March.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:36:33 +0000 Julian Routh 24719 at http://wesa.fm Bald Eagle Lays Egg in Pittsburgh Rare Andean Condors Roost on the North Shore http://wesa.fm/post/rare-andean-condors-roost-north-shore <p></p><p>As the snow falls on the city, a few of those flakes are finding the bald heads of a pair of birds at the National Aviary that many hope will someday find love on the North Shore.&nbsp;</p><p>The Aviary recently obtained a pair of Andean condors with the hopes of getting the pair to breed. But with the male checking in at 43 years of age and the female 36 years old, these are no spring chicks.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:47:13 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 21115 at http://wesa.fm Rare Andean Condors Roost on the North Shore After a Busy Shopping Weekend, Tuesday Becomes a Day to Give http://wesa.fm/post/after-busy-shopping-weekend-tuesday-becomes-day-give <p>Black Friday and Buy Local Saturday have come and gone, and Cyber Monday is just around the corner, but nonprofits across the region are hoping Pittsburghers will still have a little something in their checking accounts come Tuesday.</p><p>More than 7,800 organizations across the world are encouraging people to donate to charities and nonprofits to mark what has become known as Giving Tuesday.</p><p>The United Nations Foundation and 92d Street Y launched the initiative last year, and it trended globally on Twitter as #GivingTuesday.</p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20510 at http://wesa.fm "National" Aviary Marks 20 Years, Unveils New Exhibit http://wesa.fm/post/national-aviary-marks-20-years-unveils-new-exhibit <p>To kick off its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration as the National Aviary on Pittsburgh’s North Side, the facility is opening a new permanent exhibit Friday entitled “Canary’s Call.”</p><p>The display showcases four signature bird species including the rainbow lorikeet, Guam rail, rhinoceros hornbill and the canary, as well as one of the world’s largest fruit bats, the 2.5 pound Malayan flying fox.</p><p>According to Patricia O’Neill, director of education at the National Aviary, “Canary’s Call” shows how birds can be indicators of environmental change.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:53:18 +0000 Michael Lynch 19242 at http://wesa.fm Giggles the Kookaburra Stays True to His Name http://wesa.fm/post/giggles-kookaburra-stays-true-his-name <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Giggles the Kookaburra lives at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Native to Australia, Laughing Kookaburras have the nickname of the “bushman’s alarm clock” due to their tendency to make their raucous laughing call early in the morning.</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:21:04 +0000 Rachel R. Grozanick 7528 at http://wesa.fm Giggles the Kookaburra Stays True to His Name National Aviary Welcomes Baby Eurasian Eagle Owl http://wesa.fm/post/national-aviary-welcomes-baby-eurasian-eagle-owl <p>A 28-day-old Eurasian Eagle Owl made her public debut at the National Aviary Tuesday, joining the three already there.<br><br>“This Eurasian Eagle Owl is the first baby owl that has been born in any AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited zoo in the last five years, so she is a very special Eurasian Eagle Owl,” said aviary veterinarian Pilar Fish.<br><br>The yet-to-be-named baby owl will be part of a unique program at the aviary in which the owls have multiple roles: education, breeding and being exhibited.<br> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:00:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7553 at http://wesa.fm National Aviary Welcomes Baby Eurasian Eagle Owl