Virginia Aquarium Aviary Closed

Friday, February 27, 2015

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) –On Thursday, Feb. 26, Virginia Aquarium staff discovered that the live bird Aviary netting was badly damaged during the winter storm. Fortunately, no birds or employees were injured. While a significant portion of the structural netting for the Aviary was damaged, staff members continue to feed and care for the birds during their normal work shifts.

Aquarium staff will be able to better assess the damage after the snow and ice have melted.  At that point they will determine the degree of damage to the Aviary which will be closed until further notice.


Other exhibits in the Virginia Aquarium's Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion remain open. The Owls Creek Path which is covered in snow and ice will be open as soon as it is safe to walk upon.


The Aviary houses approximately 80 unique birds and 30 different species such as a great horned owl, turkey vultures, great blue herons, brown pelicans, fulvous whistling ducks, great egrets, and ruddy ducks. The Virginia Aquarium’s Aviary is home to many rehabilitated birds that could not be released back into the wild. 


The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is also a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Virginia Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. It is located at 717 General Booth Blvd., just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.