A unique new exhibit at the Zoo has been more than four years in the making — and after pandemic-related delays, it’s now open for guests to enjoy. The Backyard Bird Walk exhibit, located in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm behind the Dairy Barn, serves as an oasis for Zoo guests, while educating them on how they can support native species at home.
The space features a looping walking path with numerous “stations” that guests can explore, built by a team of contributors:
In 2019, the Zoo’s curator of birds, Alex Waier, launched the efforts to build the new exhibit, and several troops from the local Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America participated and left their mark on the project over the years as well. To prepare the Backyard Bird Walk, Scouts also helped create the trail throughout, as well as remove several ash trees. In fact, nearly every aspect of the exhibit was part of a Scout’s service project.
An unused space that’s now been reclaimed and is publicly accessible, the Backyard Bird Walk invites Zoo guests to be inspired to become conservationists in their own backyards. Guests can discover easy ways to support migratory birds and native pollinators, help prevent bird strikes, and more, all at home.
Native plants — native insects — native birds: They’re all connected!