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Tracy Aviary is an eight-acre bird park in Liberty Park, Utah. Opened in 1938, it is the oldest aviary in the U.S. with a population of over 400 birds in 135 species, among them rare and endangered. Birds include king vultures, bald eagles, peafowl and great grey owls.
Tracy Aviary was founded from the private bird collection donated by banker Russell Lord Tracy. The bird park's first curator was Calvin Wilson, credited for the aviary's growth during his 37 years of service. Under Wilson's watch, the aviary initiated breeding and recovery efforts for endangered species. Another notable curator, D. Grenville Roles, worked on expanding the aviary's operations, providing educational programs and improving the facilities. The park is currently managed by the Friends of Tracy Aviary. The aviary offers year-round exhibits, bird shows and educational activities. Exhibits feature South America's vibrant birds, Southern Ground Hornbills, Argentine backyard birds and waterfowls, Utah wetland habitats and an owl forest. The aviary is also a refuge for wild and migratory birds around the area. Tracy Aviary is also home to the Chase Mill, Utah's oldest standing industrial building, where indoor events take place. The aviary holds activities like story-telling, flight shows, talks and feeding sessions to help visitors approach and understand different bird species. Fifty years after its opening, Tracy Aviary received a bond of 19.6 million dollars to further renovate visitor, education and bird conservation facilities. The aviary is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.