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Discussion in 'United States' started by vogelcommando, 1 Mar 2016.

  1. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    Just 'discovered' the website of this collection and it seems to be realy good. They claim to be the second biggest bird-collection in the USA but even so I had never heared of it ! Also at ZooChat hardly anything about this park so I would be very intrested to hear first hand experience of ZooChatters with this park.
    Website : http://shwpark.com/
     
  2. jayjds2

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    Second biggest in the USA, there is no way. Biggest waterfowl collection in USA, however, I would not doubt. Three species of flamingo is very impressive for non AZA facilities. However, their tropical species are mostly just ducks and geese- no storks, cranes, manakins, birds of paradise, crows, or a lot of other things. It looks nice for waterfowl, though. I'll have to check it out some day.
     
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    At this point they have actually acquired a number of the species for the tropical exhibit. They are currently housing Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise, Broad Billed Hummingbird, and a number of other small exotic species!
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    this sounds like a serious collection: Mike Lubbock

    I found a book about the place as well, which may interest some people: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Waterfowl-Sylvan-Heights-Lubbocks-Worldwide/dp/0991371909/ref=pd_sim_14_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=517pXKPfIwL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=0XMGE80VN70R38G1YA13"]The Waterfowl Man of Sylvan Heights (Mike Lubbock's Worldwide Quest to Save Waterfowl): Dale A. True: 9780991371907: Amazon.com: Books[/ame]
     
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    It certainly sounds like a great facility. It'll be about 3.5 hours from where I'm going to live, hopefully I'll visit once or twice and see what it's like.
     
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    I wonder if they still have all those animals from the expeditions? Some of them aren't listed elsewhere on the site. I'd be super happy to see kelp goose.
     
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    I came very close to visiting this collection in 2012. Had a spare day in North Carolina and had to choose between Sylvan Heights (I think it was called Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park those days) and Duke Lemur Center. Since I figured that this might be my last chance to see Diadmed Sifaka I chose the Lemur Center. Turned out I was right - the sifaka passed away soon thereafter. But I would still love to visit Sylvan Heights, it looks like a very interesting place.
     
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    Despite my dubious opinions earlier (not sure where I came to my conclusions...) I visited today, after a renewed look at their website and lots of pestering to get my mom to take me there. There is a large aviary for each continent, except for Europe and Asia, which are combined. Africa has two aviaries but they are not quite as large. There is also a Budgie aviary, but it had way more than just budgies- you could hand feed them, along with a white-rumped shama, Javan whistling ducks, a spur-winged lapwing, a Luzon bleeding-heart, scarlet ibises, American flamingos, and a few others. Duck food can be purchased at the entrance as well, and can be used almost anywhere. I saw many firsts (or things that I made a point of noticing for the first time) such as maned duck, yellow-hooded blackbird, European blackbird, Indian Pygmy goose, steamer ducks (not sure if I saw one species or two, or which species I saw. They weren't signed but the park has two), Laysan teals, and many more. Some of the enclosures for larger birds (emu, white-naped crane) were a little too small for my taste, but most were great. As an added bonus I saw Javan pond heron chicks. I will come back at least once in the next few years.
     
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    Taken any pictures - would be great to see photos of some of the species you've seen and maybe we can also help you by ID for example the Steamer ducks.
     
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    I took quite a few. I'm probably going to upload them early (in comparison to the rest of my uploads). I haven't uploaded any photos of a visit past March of this year, but I'll do these soon because there aren't any photos in the gallery of the facility.
     
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    74 photos of Sylvan Heights Bird Park have been added to the United States - Other gallery.
     
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    84 Chilean and "American" flamingos have arrived at the park.

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    in which way is their website "very strange"?
     
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    I was searching around for the Wings of the Tropics completion date and found this article:

    Donation lifts Sylvan Heights

    The completion date is late April-early May. I'll visit sometime after, probably in the summer.
     
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    that they have hummingbirds and do not mention it on their website very odd its a highlight
     
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    The fact that a website does not mention a quite small bird in an appropriately small aviary is odd? The facility used to have waterfowl in its name, and that is its focus.
     
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    Spring e-newsletter:

    New Exhibit Opening Spring 2017!

    Highlights include the opening date of Wings of the Tropics (April 29th), hatching of a Senegal thick-knee, and assisting the La Paz Zoo (Bolivia) in establishing a captive Andean flamingo flock (!). Perhaps a potential source for imports in the future?

    Also, could a mod move this thread to its appropriate sub forum now that one exists?
     
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