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First Flight Avairy

FIRST FLIGHT AVIARYEven when John Bradford was a young boy in elementary school, he daydreamed about birds. Many times while supposedly studying, he was drawing pictures of wild birds. This love of birds carried over to his work here at The Tropics.

In May of 1997, without a penny to open a construction account, we decided it was time to stop waiting for donations to pour in, and begin to build an aviary for our birds. With nothing but a garden tiller and shovel, John Bradford set out to do just that. He dug the footer, measuring 24' X 40' using those tools, and by the time we needed money to purchase block for the foundation we had $2,000 in our construction account. By the time that money was used up, two building supply companies extended us $1,000 each, credit. To date, $1,500 has been charged to those accounts. Then another $1,000 donation came in and finally a $1,700 was received from the Raleigh-Durham Caged Bird Society, in Raleigh, NC. By the time that money was gone, all of the materials had been purchased.

This aviary, now complete, measures 24'x40'x16', and is fully enclosed. The interior walls measure 10' tall, with a 16' peak ceiling. There are 6 skylights, 15 windows, and one door. The aviary is heated for winter, and contains exhaust and window fans for the summer.

Our second aviary was complete by the end of 1999, It measures 20'x36'x12' and houses the small to medium birds. It also contains heat for winter and ventilation for summer. The birds will be released into immediate flight once they are placed out there. This will allow us significant room in the original aviary to spread out the large birds, socialize them, and then release them into full flight.

The long-range goal is to build a geo-dome structure, which will mimic a natural rain forest. It will measure 60' in diameter and 30' tall. Adjacent to that will be an educational center and hospital/quarantine quarters. This project will take MAJOR funding, so if anyone can help, or know of people, both private and corporate that can help, please let us know as soon as possible. Dome is Complete - see it here.

The Tropics extends its knowledge of parrots to the public, and completes the cycle of rescue, rehabilitation, permanent housing, and education that are so sorely needed.

Won't you become apart of this one-of-a-kind venture? If you would like further information on how you can help, please contact Mary Bradford at The Tropics Bird Refuge. No person is insignificant, and no donation too small. Thank you.

You can contact Mary via E-Mail at: The Tropics

Or you can drop her a line at:
The Tropics
P.O. Box 686
Kannapolis, NC 28082-0686

If you would like to see additional pictures of our Free Flight Aviary and the expansion, please click here
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