One of the most enjoyable day trips we took last year was to Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Sylvan Heights is an 18-acre facility that features walk-in aviaries with birds from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The park opened in 2006 under the leadership of Mike Lubbock. He is considered by many avian biologists to be the most intuitive and prolific waterfowl aviculturalist in the world. He started his work in England at the Wildfowl Trust before moving to America where he founded the center in 1989. His mission is to unlock the mysteries of breeding birds.
He has won 17 World First Breeding Awards, and 15 for first breedings in North America. His primary focus is in breeding waterfowl to assure the survival of those species that are disappearing in the wild and those endangered in managed collections around the world.
|Black-bellied Whistling Ducks|
|American Wood Duck|
It will take you all day to fully appreciate the center - and I am looking forward to a return trip there this summer. Unfortunately, I was remiss in naming each of these birds as I went along, so identifying them has become a difficult task! I promise to do a better job when I return!
Linking to World Bird Wednesday.