Utah Member Profile: Tracy Aviary

Tracy Aviary is committed to inspiring curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation.  They connect people of all ages to nature through beautiful, naturalistic exhibits which showcase more than 400 birds representing 135 species. Located on nine acres within Liberty Park, Tracy Aviary’s gorgeous landscape and fun opportunities to wander trails, climb logs, and wade into water make it a hidden oasis in the middle of Salt Lake City.

Tracy Aviary’s education programs reach over 60,000 children each year through interactive exhibits, camps, classes, and hands-on experiences in classrooms and neighborhoods across the Wasatch Front. Their programs engage learners in hands-on, nose-to-beak experiences that create lasting impressions.

Tracy Aviary is active in conservation with thirteen field projects collecting data on birds south and north along the Jordan River and up into the watersheds of City Creek Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Conservation Department also works on initiatives to help birds migrate through our valley including a Lights Out Salt Lake campaign to preserve the night sky and a study to determine the impact of buildings on bird collisions.

Tim Brown, President and CEO, was named the director of Tracy Aviary in 2005.  He has been fortunate to work with a team of dedicated and passionate staff as well as a committed and engaged Board of Trustees.  He strongly believes that education is the key to success with environmental conservation.  With a Master’s degree in Environment and Community, Tim has always been passionate about nature and conservation and loves all things outdoors – especially birding, hiking, skiing, camping, and rafting.

We asked Tim the following:

Name something that makes you proud to work for Tracy Aviary? Our employees truly value the mission-oriented nature of our work and the emphasis on education and conservation.

List a unique company practice that may be of interest to other members. All staff are encouraged to walk in the park, watch a bird show, participate in feeding a bird – all as part of their ongoing training.

How has Employers Council helped Tracy Aviary? We have developed a strong relationship with Employers Council HR Consultant, Debbie Stone, and truly appreciate her kind manner of helping us work through issues.  The entire organization has provided fantastic training and valuable insight.

If your company is interested in being featured in an upcoming Utah Member Profile, contact Terri Braby at 801.948.9543 or TBraby@EmployersCouncil.org