Birds, Blooms, Bees, Butterflies and Bioblitz on Mother’s Day Weekend at the North Carolina Zoo
The North Carolina Zoo is the place to be Mother’s Day weekend! The Zoo will celebrate birds, blooms, bees and butterflies Saturday, May 11 with a variety of activities to promote education, conservation and fun from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Protect Our Birds will take place at the Forest Aviary focusing on finding a solution to plastic pollution with educational displays, activities, and crafts. “Bee a Good Pollinator” at the Honey Bee Garden will feature bee education plus tasty local honey for sale. Kidzone will host Butterfly Education Stations teaching what can be done to help these beautiful and important pollinators.
Students from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will be in both the North America Plaza and Africa’s Akiba Market teaching about animal perception experiences.
For the first time the Zoo is hosting a Bioblitz, an event where scientists and citizens document as many species as possible in a given area within a set timeframe. Participants are asked to download the iNaturalist app before coming to the Zoo (search iNaturalist in either the App Store or Google Play). This is a very user-friendly app, which will allow participants to take a picture of an animal and upload it. If participants don’t know what kind of creature it is, the app will make recommendations. It will also allow others to provide feedback to determine the exact species.
Two guided Bioblitz hikes will also be offered. The hikes are limited to 25 participants per hike on a first-come, first-served basis. The 11 a.m. hike offers a walk along the Marsh to Solar Pointe. Participants are asked to meet at the North America entrance pre-ticketing space. At 1 p.m. participants will walk along Africa’s Hippo Beach after meeting at the Africa pre-ticketing entrance. Bioblitz and iNaturalist information stations will be located at both entrances.
On May 12, a one-day only Mother’s Day discount of $2 off will be offered to mothers accompanied by one paid general admission. Moms simply need to mention the “mother’s day coupon” at the admissions gate to receive the discount. Don’t forget to treat mom to a visit to the beautiful new Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden!
On May 11 and 12, a plant sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the North America Parking Lot. A benefit for the Zoo’s Horticulture section, the sale is a unique opportunity to purchase a variety of beautiful plants.
The North Carolina Zoo cordially invites you to the celebration on May 11 and 12. For more information, please visit www.nczoo.org
About the North Carolina Zoo
At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit NCZoo.org to begin your life-changing journey.
About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919- 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.