The National Aviary
February 24
—10 p.m. 

Every winter weekend should involve mingling with exotic parrots, right?

This Friday, the 21+ set is invited to explore the North Side bird lovers destination during an after-hours avian adventure dubbed the “High Seas Escape.”

Start planning your vibrantly hued parrot costume or rowdy pirate duds now, and get ready to shake your tail feather on the dance floor.

Attendees will enjoy exclusive access to the Aviary’s Tropical Forest, Grasslands, Wetlands and Penguin Point exhibits, and will see Buccaneer Bird Shows and FliteZone theater presentations.

The night’s MVPs will be the exotic parrots, including the Hyacinth Macaw, Yellow-naped Amazon and Military Macaw. Attendees can even watch talented parrots paint.

Get up close and personal with a diverse population of bird species as you feed nectar to colorful lorikeets, assemble fruit skewers for our hungry feathered friends, and admire the remarkable Malayan Flying Foxes.

Have your very own caricature created by artist Tami Haslett, get inked with a bird-themed temporary tattoo, and watch dazzling fencing demonstrations led by the Corsair Fencing Club.

Bird watchers can also hit the dance floor with DJ Scottro, embark on treasure hunts through the tropical exhibits, and snap selfies with Jack Sparrow from Life’s A Beach entertainment.

While roaming the grounds, party-goers will also encounter popular birds such as flamingos, herons, African Penguins, and Rhinoceros Hornbills.

Caribbean cocktails and gourmet grub will be for sale for in the Atria’s galley.

All proceeds from the event will support the National Aviary’s education, avian medicine and conservation programs.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...