Migratory Bird Day at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo

From 1:30-2:30 p.m., visitors can take a tour of the zoo's veterinary clinic and learn about the work done to rehabilitate birds of prey.

Many of the raptors, or birds of prey, that the zoo takes in are migratory birds and are only passing through, Zoo Curator Ashley Burdick notes. The zoo attempts to rehabilitate injured raptors in hopes that they can then be released into the wild. Those who can't sometimes take up permanent residence at the zoo.

Sunday afternoon, visitors can meet one of the zoo's very own migratory birds, a Mississippi kite named Penelope.

Other migratory birds are the zoo are the turkey vultures and the wild Canada geese.

The zoo has been unable to take in rehab birds since avian influenza was detected in Kansas earlier this year. Currently, there are still cases of avian influenza in Kansas and birds are still migrating, so the zoo's waterfowl are still inside, Burdick said. As an additional precaution, the zoo is not selling fish food for now. Feeding the birds and other animals is always prohibited at the zoo.

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Start date: 
Sunday, May 8, 2022 - 15:30
End date: 
Sunday, May 8, 2022 - 15:30