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A critically needed outdoor flight aviary for Macaws, Cockatoos, Amazon’s and other exotic bird's species residing at Under My Wing Avian Refuge.


This project calls for building several outdoor aviaries for the 100+ parrots, cockatoos, macaws, and other psittacines cared for at Under My Wing Avian Refuge in Wantage, NJ. The aviaries will be built on our 10-acre wooded property, close to the birds' indoor quarters. They will allow the birds to spend time in the fresh air and sunshine, and enjoy some free flight. Also, both the indoor and outdoor aviaries will be used for hands-on avian educational community programs for adults and youth.


Long-lived (20-80 years), many parrots outlast their owners, and many others are unwanted or unsuitable for adoption due to age, infirmity, or behavioral issues. Given the large number of long-lived parrots in the homes of an increasingly older US population, and the large number of those that are unwanted or considered unsuitable for re-homing, the need for safe havens to provide them with high-quality life-care is obvious, and our sanctuary must be ready for their anticipated arrival.


In working toward providing an even better environment for our birds, in 2015 we cleared 3 acres of land to be used as the permanent site for the aviaries. In the spring of 2016, we will purchase the needed building materials, pour the concrete foundation for the aviaries, and then build the aviaries, including installation of power sources, lighting, and water. The outside educational park will then be developed, with construction of a walking path, driveway, parking area, and fencing.


Over the long term, availability of outdoor aviaries will provide health benefits and environmental stimulation for the birds, contributing to their general well-being and overall quality of life. For the general public, including adults, teens, and children, it is hoped that the information shared at the educational park will result in improved companion-bird care, and that the children, in particular, will learn compassion, empathy, and respect for all creatures, including birds.


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