Sylvan Heights Bird Park will reopen on March 1, 2022.  We are pleased to report that there have been no known cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in our flock. To maintain the good health of our birds, we ask that all visitors please observe the following new guidelines:

- Visitors will be required to disinfect shoes at the provided sanitizing station before entering the park
- Visitors must use the provided hand sanitizing station before entering the park
- Park staff will disinfect any wheelchair and stroller wheels prior to entry
- Visitors with recent or frequent exposure to poultry or waterfowl (wild or domestic) are asked to please postpone their visit until a later date.

As a reminder, HPAI has been detected in wild migratory bird populations in eastern North Carolina during the winter of 2021-22.  While HPAI is considered to be a very low risk to humans, the disease can be very dangerous to our birds here at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.  We thank you for your cooperation as we implement these protocols to ensure that our birds remain healthy and safe.

For more information about avian influenza, please visit the USDA APHIS website here.


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Previous updates:

JANUARY 25, 2022

As a precautionary measure in response to the detection of avian influenza in wild birds in eastern North Carolina, Sylvan Heights Bird Park is temporarily closed for the protection of our birds.  

Dear friends and supporters of Sylvan Heights Bird Park,

We have recently been made aware of positive cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in wild ducks that have migrated to North Carolina for the winter. While this disease is considered a very low risk to humans, it has the potential to be very dangerous for our birds here at Sylvan Heights.  Currently, we do not have any known cases of avian influenza within our flock, nor do we have wild migratory ducks visiting our park.  However, the risk of accidental transmission to our birds from outside sources is increasing.

Out of an abundance of caution and commitment to protecting our birds, Sylvan Heights Bird Park will temporarily close to the public beginning Wednesday, January 26, 2022.  We are consulting with experts at the state level to determine best practices and next steps, including a potential date when we can safely reopen.

In the meantime, we will continue to provide first-rate care for our birds, and our team will be following enhanced biosecurity measures as we strive to keep HPAI far away from our flock.  

Thank you for your support and understanding as we make the safety of our birds our first priority.

If you would like to support Sylvan Heights Bird Park during our closure, please consider making a donation at