I remember asking my mother when I was in high school, “Mom, do you think I have what it takes to be a biologist?” Her response to me was “If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it work.” Well, I never became a biologist but am following the same path now that I knew I had deep in my heart 20 years ago and I wish I would have stayed on that path. I am very grateful to have found it again which leads me to this entry.
Over the past year we have had the opportunity to see the aviary exist in the changing of the four seasons. One thing I would like to make very clear is the location of the polywire through the center and the open edge of the aviary for support. There are two areas through the center of the aviary that stretch from the garage, through the center support beams, and attach to the house. This was major support for the netting during heavy thunderstorms, wet leaves, and ice! Without proper placement of these support cables, the aviary would have crashed under the ice for sure.
the contrary. I hit it with the shovel and the netting barely moved. It moved in the slightest bit of a wave like jumping into the middle of the ocean. I thought “Oh dear, this isn’t good.” I hit it again. Same slight wave so I put the shovel away and waited for rising temps. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t think about going out there with a blow drier. If you take a look at the netting closest to the camera in the previous photo you will see the thickness of the icicles hanging. Notice how the netting is severely bowing down toward the ground in weight.
So, we went through numerous ice storms in the winter of 2008. Whew! On we moved anticipating the spring of 2009. At times we, the birds and I, could not wait. If they showed the interest, I gave them the opportunity to interact with their environment. What a ride, joy, and learning experience that was.
could not figure how to get out. I’ve seen animals get trapped in the aviary, including birds and when they realize they are enclosed they tend to get extremely nervous and scared.
If you wonder what the neighbors think, I have never received a complaint from the sight of the aviary. Most people say they don’t even realize it is there. It also give a really neat feeling sitting inside the aviary and I don’t know how to describe it. It feels like your are outside but almost feels like a huge atrium. In order to help you, the viewer be able to visualize what this may look like from a neighbors point of view, I went to the neighbor’s back yard and took these photos. My neighbors enjoy sitting in their back yards and watching the birds fly and run around on the ground.
Rocky is my bird that likes to chew on the netting. Did you see what he did in the video above? He stopped to chew on it but then found the enrichment provided inside the netting more enriching than the netting itself.
I will continue to add my ventures and changes I’ve made to the aviary here. I will always come back and add the different opportunities I provide to the birds. Those of you that know me know that my camera is always attached to me somewhere and that is because I love to share my experiences and ideas with other bird lovers. My husband and I are already working on a new idea for the birds. This one will blow the aviary out of the water. Enjoy and feel free to contact me with questions.
Do you see the two cockatoos in the photo to the left?