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Grand Opening and Dedication: Whooping Crane Aviary

May 5 | 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join us for a very special grand opening and dedication of our new Whooping Crane aviary in memory of conservationist and pilot Deke Clark.

Thanks to a generous donor, the Whooping Cranes at Sylvan Heights Bird Park will have a spacious new aviary below Toad Hall pavilion.

On May 5th, 2023, this new aviary will be dedicated in memory of pilot Deke Clark. Deke was among the first to fly with Whooping Cranes as a volunteer for Operation Migration, a conservation initiative that aimed to restore wild Whooping Cranes to areas of their historic range by teaching them a migration route using ultralight aircraft.

Read more about Deke’s legacy in flight and conservation here: https://dekeclark.com/