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NYC's Bronx Zoo spotlights birds _ wild ones

May 16, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Zoo is showing off its birds — not the ones it keeps, but the ones just passing through.

The zoo is opening early Saturday so eagle-eyed visitors can look for the scores of wild bird species that hang out in its 265 acres. It's now migration season.

Expert Steve Zack says a savvy bird-watcher could see 100 wild species Saturday. He's a scientist with the zoo's parent organization, the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Meanwhile, enthusiasts can see exotic birds on exhibit. The zoo boasts one of the most diverse avian displays in U.S. zoodom, with over 230 species.

Saturday's special hours start at 7 a.m. for avid bird-watchers and 8:30 a.m. for families wanting to join the search. The normal opening is at 10 a.m.





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