Aviary fundraiser takes attendees on World Tour

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Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas doing a live painting for the events silent auction.

By Alyse Horn

Guests at the National Aviary’s annual fundraiser Night in the Topics were taken on a World Tour on Saturday, July 8 with birds, performances and food from around the globe.

The event, which has been held for the past 15 years to raise money that supports education, avian medicine, and conservation programs, garnered $240,000 for the Aviary. During the evening there was a large live painting by Maria DeSimone Prascak held at the event entrance and was part of the silent auction. The original work of art was bought with a final bid of $1,000 that contributed to the support of the Aviary’s programs.

There were more than 30 restaurants in attendance and guests were encouraged to vote for their favorite bite of the evening, with the winner being Ten Penny, 960 Penn Ave.

A wide range of birds were on display throughout the Aviary and guests were able to walk about the exhibits. The stars of the show during the event were the newly hatched flamingo chicks. The Aviary began the evening with four chicks, but gained a fifth by the end of the event when a chick decided to hatch later in the evening. Guests were able to watch it hatch, and one viewer said that it reminded him of the scene in the movie “Jurassic Park” when the raptors are hatching in the beginning of the film.

Click here for information on the Aviary’s flamingo encounters.

 

Photo by Alyse Horn
Photo by Alyse Horn
Cathy Schlott, the Aviary's curator of behavioral management and education, holds a Eurasian Eagle Owl during Night in the Tropics.
Photo by Alyse Horn
Photo by Alyse Horn
Eurasian Eagle Owls, according to the Aviary's website, "have distinct individual vocalizations. Every member of a Eurasian Eagle Owl population can be reliably identified by voice alone. "
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Drum and Dance at the event entrance.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria's Ideas doing a live painting for the events silent auction. The winning bid for the work of art was $1,000, which will directly support the Aviary.
Photo by Alyse Horn
Photo by Alyse Horn
One of the Aviary's African Penguins greeted guests upon arrival.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Maggie, a South African Penguin at the Aviary, interacting with guests at Penguin Point.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Travis Henderson, a senior aviculturist at the Aviary, holds one of the newly hatched flamingo chicks at the event. The first hatched on June 25.
Photo by Alyse Horn
Photo by Alyse Horn
"Flamingo chicks have light grey and white feathers when they first hatch. They will change pigment when they are about a year old," according to the Aviary's website.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
"There is no way of telling if flamingo chicks are male or female just by looking at them. In order to determine gender, we will send feathers to a lab to have them DNA tested," according to the Aviary's website.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Wookie, the Aviary's Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth, was out for a live feeding during Night in the Tropics.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Beatrice, a Green Aracari, was also brought out for a feeding.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
"The Green Aracari is one of the smallest members of the toucan family," according to the Aviary's website.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Camara Drum and Dance at the event entrance.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
Dancing in the outdoor lot during the event.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
A coconut was shucked during the event and auctioned off to raise funds for the Aviary during Night in the Tropics.
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Photo by Alyse Horn
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