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    ‘Curious’ bird lands at city aviary

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Vivian has flown the coop and landed in Niagara Falls. The 211/42-foot tall Victoria crowned pigeon is the latest addition to Bird Kingdom Niagara Falls.

    Vivian is on a short-term loan from the Toronto Zoo, and will live at the Niagara Falls aviary until she is assigned a new home in the United States.

    Crowned pigeons are the largest pigeon species in the world and one of the most stunning.

    Deep grey-blue in color, Vivian has red eyes and a unique spiky plumage sprouting from the top of her head.

    Niagara Falls Aviary still closed

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    The comments on my last post on the Niagara Falls Aviary got me wondering if they are still closed. The web site still has the same pop-up saying they are closed. I called today and their message still says they are closed due to a watermain break.

    Come on… how long does it take to fix this? If there are other problems, then give a generic message. If you are just closed because winter is slow, then tell us you’re closed for the season. I really doubt that they are still closed because of the watermain break.

    Water main break at Niagara Falls Aviary

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    I had heard at the beginning of the month that there was a water main break at the Niagara Falls Aviary and they were expecting to be closed for a week. A commenter on a different post said that they were going to be closed till the Spring. I visited the Niagara Falls Aviary web site and saw the following:

    I called them to find out when they’d be open. I was told that the water main break caused damage on the main floor. The cafe needs to be almost entirely rebuilt. Niether the elevevators or escalators are working, so there is no way to get people up to where the birds are. The birds are fine as they are above where the water damage was. The person on the phone told me they hoped to be open by the end of January, but she didn’t sound too convincing.

    Still time to Sleep Cheap

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    From Niagara This Week:

    There’s still time to book a hotel room in Niagara Falls and help out local charities at the same time.

    Rooms are still available at many of the hotels participating. A full list can be viewed at www.sleepcheapcharitiesreap.com. Rooms are available between Sunday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 14. Additional discount offers are available for other attractions including the Greg Frewin Theatre and the Bird Kingdom Aviary.

    Room rates range from $35 per night for a standard room, $45 to $85 for a room with access to a waterpark.

    Another great trip to Bird Kingdom

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    Last week I had another opportunity to go to Bird Kingdom. Since the last time I was there, the Niagara Room has opened and I wanted to see that. It isn’t a big addition to the attraction, but it is nice. There is a room just before you go into the reptile encounter room where they have information about the history of Niagara Falls. There are reprints of various photos and newspaper articles. Since I’m pretty familiar with Niagara Falls and its history, there wasn’t much new there for me to see, but I still enjoyed it. In particular, it was neat to see a couple of photos of the Bird Kingdom from years ago before it was even the Niagara Falls Museum (when it was the Spirella Corset Company). This time, I also brought my parents along. They both found it interesting.

    Once we got to the main aviary, my mother raved about it. She was thrilled when she fed the lorikeets. A lot of attractions say that there is “fun for the whole family”, but in the case of Bird Kingdom, it is definitely true. My 4-year-old daughter enjoyed it, as I did, as my mother did.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out the  “My Fantastic Visit to the Bird Kingdom” post. I have lots of pictures available, as well as an HD video of many of the birds.

    I took some more pictures while I was there for this last visit. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below. You can visit the Bird Kingdom in August 2012 to see the rest of the thumbnails and full-size images.

    Note: the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3,544 images in 270 categories.

    New player in race for Falls’ tallest building

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When Ralph Terrio and Hunter Milborne announced they had bought the Niagara Falls Aviary and Michael’s Inn hotel buildings three months ago, they were coy about their future plans.

    Now those plans are public, and they’re big.

    Niagara Falls city council unanimously voted Tuesday night to allow two hotel towers where the aviary and Michael’s Inn currently sit on either side of Hiram St. facing River Rd.

    The towers would be 60 and 61 storeys, making them the tallest two buildings in Niagara Falls and the tallest hotel towers in Canada.

    My fantastic visit to the Bird Kingdom

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    There are a lot of things to do in Niagara Falls. You really can’t do everything in a day, or maybe even two or three days. But there are a few things that are definitely worth the trip. Bird Kingdom (formerly Niagara Falls Aviary) is one of those places you should definitely check out.

    Along River Rd, just to the north of the Rainbow Bridge is the old Niagara Falls Museum. After being closed for many years, the property was bought and turned into the Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls Aviary) in 2000.

    You enter at street level into a beautiful gift shop. You get your tickets and then head upstairs to the first floor. That is where you enter the Encounter Room. There are birds, snakes, lizards and more out on display. Depending on the time of day, you can see them being fed, and at almost any time you can hold one of the creatures. The girl that was working the encounter room when we were there was incredibly nice, and was very helpful. She got the Kookaburra to make noise (the first part of the video below) and helped my two sons hold on exotic bird. They were thrilled.

    You then head up another level where you go into the Small Aviary. This is a small room (about the same size as the encounter room) where small birds are flying free. The room is setup with dirt, trees, water, and other food for the birds. It is beautiful. As the little birds zip through the room you almost worry that you are going to get hit!

    Next comes the Nocturnal Room. You can see some insects, lizards, reptiles, and bats in this room. There is also a small sand area where kids can “dig” for artifacts.

    Lastly is the Main (large) Aviary. This is the main part of the Bird Kingdom, and it really does look like a kingdom! There is a 40-ft working waterfall, an authentic Javanese Tea House, and a Lorikeet feeding area. The walkways and decor make you think you are walking through some tropical ruins. I’ve been a few times over the years, but every time I walk into the Main Aviary I always comment how gorgeous it is!

    While we were in the Main Aviary, we stopped and fed the Lorikeets. If you’ve never done this before, you should give it a try. It only costs a couple of dollars, and you are given a sweet nectar in a small cup. The birds flock around you and sit on your arms, hands, shoulders, and sometimes even your head in order to get the nectar. It’s a lot of fun.

    Even though the place is filled with birds, it is remarkably clean. You do need to be careful though. My 9-year-old son got dropped on twice by birds, and then put his hand in some another time. We all thought it was pretty funny. At first he was annoyed, but by the time he put his hand in it, he just grinned and laughed.

    I took a lot of pictures while we were there. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the rest of the thumbnails and the larger images in the Bird Kingdom in Summer 2012 gallery.

    As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3,498 images in 268 categories.

    I also took a few videos. I’ve put them all together into one 2-minute video. You can see a the birds, lizards, and scenery in HD in the Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls Aviary) in Summer 2012 video, or you can see it below.

    A Tropical Paradise Just North Of The Border

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    WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo has a feature (including video) about the Bird Kingdom:

    Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is well known for its unusual attractions. But among them all, Bird Kingdom stands out as perhaps the most interesting and educational.

    The world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world, Bird Kingdom is home to over 400 birds, many of which are endangered or threatened in the wild. In an area full of gaudy tourist traps and souvenir shops, the Kingdom stands out like the beautiful plumage of its flocks of avian residents.

    Just to be clear, Bird Kingdom is NOT on Clifton Hill.

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