Experience Migration on Bird Plateau
The design of a new migratory bird exhibit is rooted in an understanding of the historic site and its evolution over the last 90 years. The state-of-the-art exhibit is the first of this size to focus on the spectacular, cyclical journeys of migratory songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds that are integral to pest control, pollination and seed dispersal for trees and plants, as well as crops. More than one-third of birds on the North American continent are at risk of extinction, and the new walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences and dynamic educational programming will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways.
The entrance provides a welcoming, gracious and refined space that includes a wide entry path, large clearing and view of the historic 1928 Bird House. The path invites visitors to stroll around the edge of the site to view bird- and pollinator-friendly habitats, a landscape composed of primarily native plants and integrated stormwater retention areas.
Within the renewed Bird House building, visitors pass through grand soaring spaces filled with trees and sunlight. The Tracking Station connects visitors with real scientists doing bird research on site, and the multi-sensory Migration Passageway immerses them in the rush of wings and the perils birds face during their extreme flights. From the Pampas to the Tundra, and from their own backyard to a Shade Coffee Farm, visitors travel with songbirds and shorebirds through extensive walk-through aviaries that represent the full migration routes of these extraordinary animals. The exhibit is planned to open in 2021.