Big Adventure for Little Clyde

Clyde, the beautiful Eastern Rosella parrot, recently escaped through a vandalized plexiglass bubble at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. Fearing the worst, worried Conservatory staff and Friends of Bloedel volunteers searched day and night throughout the park. Hopes were lifted when his calls were heard and excited relief spread when he was was spotted in the antennae structure atop the dome.

But now how to get him down? Luckily, the team from Spectrum Skyworks, who were on site to repair the damaged plexiglass bubble, stepped into quick action. Their high level rope access training and specialized rope and safety equipment allowed them to perform the rescue safely. The team took tremendous care to get the little bird down from atop the 70 foot dome. Special thanks goes out to Wayne, Neil and Scott for their great work in coaxing the Eastern Rosella into a transport carrier and getting him to the ground safe and sound!

Clyde was smart to find his way into the structure. He was protected inside the metal and grated structure from the outside elements and predatory eagles, while the rising heat from the dome kept him warm through chilly nights. Clyde is no stranger to adventure: he flew into the open doors of a fire hall over 12 years ago and was taken in by Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary before coming to the Bloedel Conservatory. He has thrived in the lush tropical atmosphere inside the dome. Clyde is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery from his recent big adventure. A BIG thank you goes out to the dedication and commitment of all involved!

Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Bloedel Conservatory!

Red canary posing for the camera

The Bloedel Conservatory is now on Summer Hours – and just in time for Mother’s Day!

Why not treat Mom to a stroll through the magical Bloedel Conservatory, our green jewel at the highest point in Vancouver? Our chatty parrots and free flying exotic birds are sure to delight Mom and the whole family! That’s one of the surprising and best features of the Conservatory.  You can get up close to the stunning birds! See Clyde, the rare Eastern Rosella Parrot, while many of the Zebra finches, Laughing Thrushes, and colourful Chinese Pheasants wander along the pathway. Stop for a moment and listen, then see if you can spot the new Red and Bronze canaries. Their sweet melodies are truly enchanting and add a special touch to a special day. Oh yes, and we encourage you to stop and smell the flowers! The plumeria tree is now blooming!

Fragrant plumeria blossoms

The Bloedel Conservatory is fully wheelchair accessible, so it’s easy to sit close to the parrots and macaws and watch their antics or have a chat! Handy Bird Guides and Scavenger Hunts are available at the front counter. A trip to the Bloedel is a great outing for Mom and the whole family!

Bloedel Conservatory: Extended Summer Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 9pm

To round out the day, why not combine your trip to Bloedel with a picnic lunch at Queen Elizabeth Park or have brunch at Season’s in the Park Restaurant? With the best views of the city, exceptional service and Season’s Lobster Eggs Bennie, it’s a combo that that is sure to delight!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Rare Rosella Parrot Takes Flight at Bloedel

Clyde is an Eastern Rosella parrot! After living in a cage for over 12 years, Clyde stretched his wings this morning at the Bloedel Conservatory and took his first unimpeded flight in over a decade!

Clyde just before release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcZsz9k3G-s

Clyde Free at Last! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAr0Tabf6r4

Vancouver Sun Video: Rare Eastern Rosella Parrot Flies Free: http://bit.ly/hx57ba

About 12 years ago, Clyde flew into the open doors of a fire station managing to escape gangs of crows that would have taken his life had he stayed in the wild. After an extensive search for his owners, one of the firemen adopted Clyde and gave him a loving home. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Clyde was recently given to the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary in need of new living arrangements. Greyhaven felt the Conservatory was a perfect match for this lovely fellow and it is! Clyde flew free this morning to a chorus of cheers from Park Board staff, Friends of the Bloedel and the media. Come out to see this spectacular exotic parrot and welcome him to his new home!

Eastern Rosella’s are native to southeast Australia and Tasmania and have been introduced to New Zealand. They average about 30 cm (11 inches) in length. It is difficult for these parrots to imitate human speech, but they are excellent at whistling. Clyde will be in very good company at Bloedel as he will join over 100 other diverse free-flying birds who have found refuge in this wondrous garden jewel.

The Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is the only SPCA certified bird rescue organization in BC. They provide sanctuary, rehabilitation and consultations with their avian vet when health care issues arise for the birds in their care. Every year, hundreds of pet birds are bred in captivity in British Columbia and end up being surrendered for adoption. The average bird in B.C. will go through 7 homes in it’s lifetime. You can help Greyhaven by checking out their website and/or by voting for their shelter in the Animal Rescue Site Holiday Challenge to help them win a much needed $1,000 grant. Greyhaven is a fully volunteer-based organization and have rescued over 1,000 birds since opening in 1998.

Be sure to come by and meet Clyde, this beautiful Rosella, at the Conservatory!