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“A rare treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wild Wings

Wild Wings
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14 reviews
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“A rare treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is not for profit bird sanctuary in Mendon Ponds Park and worth a visit. The location has a wide collection of Birds going through rehab owing to some life altering event. You can see Owls, hawks, falcons and Eagles.

Visited April 2014
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Honeoye Falls, New York
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Hidden Winged Treasure in Mendon Ponds Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wild Wings is a not-for-profit educational organization that houses and cares for permanently injured birds of prey or "raptors" which are unable to survive on their own in the wild any more.

The Wild Wings facility is located in Mendon Ponds Park near the intersection of Clover Street and Pond Road, next to the old Nature Center. Parking is available in the Nature Center parking lot. You enter the facility through a small gift shop, where 100% of the proceeds go to support the beautiful injured birds. (You can even buy seed to feed the Chickadees on the Songbird trail out in the main park area.)

Once inside the facility, you can appreciate the serene environment including gardens and the enclosures they have created through fund raising and volunteer work from groups like the Scouts, to make a forever home for the birds who have no where else to go. There are often docents around who will offer as much or as little information as you would like on the bird, or their resident North American bobcat, Tara. Some birds are occasionally off exhibit as they are taken to local schools for education and conservation presentations.

On many occasions we have had the opportunity to see some of the birds up close when one of the trained volunteers has one out of it's enclosure for socialization or education. During their special events there are often multiple birds to see in a way you never could anywhere else. My kids really enjoy walking around to see the birds, and sometimes finding them in the enclosure is the best part, it helps kids understand that animals don't always sit front and center waiting to be seen. The camouflage on some of the owls is amazing!

They do have special tours and events you can organize through their website: http://www.wildwingsinc.org/store.asp?pid=15036&catid=19794

Be sure to visit their website to check out current hours of operation. As one might expect, since it's run by volunteers they aren't open every day. There is no charge for this attraction, but a few dollars donation is received with very warm thanks.

Visited September 2013
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Henrietta, New York
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189 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“wonderful, must see surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

We have been to this county park more times than I can count and have never seen this. They have hiking trails by a nature center and in the back is the wild wings birds of prey exhibit. We stopped to just see what it was about and what a wonderful surprise. There is no admission only donations taken and the birds they have are amazing, including two bald eagles and a bobcat. This is a must see if you are at the park or even close. Will be there several times more.

Visited January 2014
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Honeoye Falls, New York
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“Wild Wings Raptor Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Very nice place to visit over again. Up close encounter with raptors and friendly volunteer staff. In the winter warm yourself by the fire and entire some hot chocolate. Rent snow shoes for a walk on the bird trail to feed the chick-a-dees. Have no idea what the "Jeffrey e" reviewer is talking about. It is not a restaurant.

Visited April 2013
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amaylin@rochester.rr.com
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96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Up Close and Personal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

At Wild Wings there are several birds that have been rehabilitated but can no longer live in the wild. The place is small but well kept and guides are very knowledgible. about the birds and bobcat that is in residence. A great place for very young children and adults alike.

Another must do while you are visiting is taking a walk into the wooded area nearby to see the many kinds of birds and animals that live there. Be sure to bring along some black oil seed and/or unsalted peanuts. While you stand quietly with the food in your out stretched hand a chickadee will come down to take his meal right from your hand. If you are lucky several other kinds of birds may join him.

The best time to feed the birds is in January or February after a fresh snowfall but other times are good too.

Visited October 2013
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