Snow Damages Scotland Neck Bird Park

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck will be closed until the end of the week while damage from heavy snow can be assessed and repairs started.

Most of the damage occurred at Sylvan Heights’ adjacent breeding center and work is underway to get the birds safely secured and start working on rebuilding the aviaries.

Fifteen birds at the breeding center have died but there is only one confirmed death at the Park. One of the only 3 female Black Headed Ducks in the country died as a result of injuries sustained in the incident. The other two survive at Sylvan Heights.

Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom and a zoo in New York will send several waterfowl husbandry professionals to assist the staff. Also helping with the clean-up and care of the birds are volunteers from the NC Zoo Society.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 29, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Well as long as the park brings in more money than it takes away from the state budget, then it's fine with me that it's there. I think this is a well-known place outside of Northeastern North Carolina.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    Sylvan Heights, you let them die!
  • by jeez on Dec 28, 2010 at 09:31 PM
    Dude, if this story doesn't interest you then go read about the barbarians that pulled their kid's teeth and toenails out with pliers. Anyway, why comment on a story you don't consider worthy of your time? Get a life.
  • by Really? on Dec 28, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    Oh no!!! How can we go on from this? Life has lost all meaning now.
  • by birdwatcher on Dec 28, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    This is news because Sylvan Heights is home to the world's largest collection of living waterfowl and it is right here in eastern N.C. It is also world renowned for its one of a kind breeding center. It attracts visitors from across the globe and is an incredible asset to the region. Visit it, then you will understand. www.shwpark.com is their website.
  • by Question on Dec 28, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    as to why this is news? Slow news day when all there was to report is snow.
  • by Animama on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    Why were the birds not secured in a building before the storm hit???
  • by birdwatcher on Dec 28, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    What a shame. This place is a true gem with some of the most beautiful, rare birds in the world. Best of luck to Mike, Ali and the entire staff with repairs. I look forward to returning soon while the birds are in their winter plumage.
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