Friends of Tracy Aviary

Inspire Your Curiosity

aka Tracy Aviary   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  www.tracyaviary.org

Mission

Tracy Aviary inspires curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Tim Brown

Main address

589 E 1300 S

Salt Lake City, UT 84105 USA

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EIN

87-0514210

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our purpose is to connect people to nature through the world of birds and habitat. It seems people are becoming increasingly disconnected to nature and that is problematic for many reasons including the welfare of the planet, the health of the individual and the health of communities. Through our mission to foster curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation we strive to reverse this trend.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

PROJECT BROADTAIL

The Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Salasphorus platycercus) is a Neotropical migratory species that is common but declining in the state of Utah (Parrish et al. 2002). Despite their state-wide ubiquity, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds (hencefourth: “broadtails”) are understudied in Utah, and little is known about their status, ecology, and current threats and impacts to their population (Parrish et al. 2002). The most recent in-depth study of Utah’s broadtail population occurred from 1992-1998, and it showed that the population was experiencing significant declines (Howe et al. 1999). Overall we lack information about broadtail dispersal, habitat relationships, site fidelity, average patch size, edge effects, sensitivities to management activities, size of range, and distribution trends. As with many migratory species, Broadtails may be negatively affected by climate change if their arrival on the breeding grounds becomes disjointed from when mountain flowers, their main food source, bloom (Greenspan 2015). In addition to climate change, many threats to broadtails have been hypothesized, including electric livestock fences, window and car collisions, livestock grazing, and habitat management, but the impacts of these threats are unknown (Parrish et al. 2002). Due to documented population declines and sparse data, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird has been classified as a priority species in the Utah Partner’s in Flight Avian Conservation Strategy with a conservation priority score of 33 (Parrish et al. 2002).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Light pollution is a global and rapidly expanding environmental issue that threatens human health, natural ecosystems, and millions of migrating birds. Beginning this year, Tracy Aviary is implementing a strategic campaign to decrease light pollution in Salt Lake County, Utah, and we seek funding to continue and expand this program in the upcoming year by implementing a series of citizen science programs, creating educational materials and events, and working with city, county, and local organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Lowland riparian habitat is considered one of the most important habitat types for Utah's birds (Gardner et al. 1999); riparian areas are used by 75% of Utah's bird species, and can have up to fourteen times the density of birds in upland habitat (Howe 1992, Knoft et al. 1998). In 2013, recognizing the great regional importance of the Jordan River as bird habitat, Tracy Aviary began implementing a number of citizen science bird monitoring studies at strategic sites along the river. With the goal of engaging the public while collecting information about the birds and their habitats, we chose study sites where our data could inform management practices and restoration activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 2011, Tracy Aviary has implemented a range of citizen science projects which involve a diverse community of people in conservation work and increase knowledge about local birds and habitats. We focus our research efforts on identified local, national, and international conservation priorities. For example, we conduct annual breeding bird surveys in sites along the Jordan River to better understand how birds use these urban riparian areas and to provide information to land managers about non-native plant species management. Other projects include a Broad-tailed hummingbird monitoring study, a survey at Alta Ski Area, breeding bird surveys at numerous city parks, and a series of “Migration Moonwatches” to survey birds migrating at night.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Virtual Aviary arose as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; we needed a way to connect with our audience and share our mission even with our doors closed. However, as we slowly move back to our standard way of operations, we wish to continue this project as we recognize the Virtual Aviary enables us to better serve audiences with disabilities and low socioeconomic families.
The Virtual Aviary exists on our social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) as well as on our website (tracyaviary.org). It consists of behind the scenes videos with our bird care staff, at home education activities for families to do together, coloring pages, beginning birding tutorials, garden tours, and more.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our strategic priorities for the next ten years are to be excellent in all we do, having the capacity to thrive, and being an outstanding community partner. Each year we approve action plans that require one to three years to accomplish. These action plans work move the organization toward accomplishing our strategic priorities.

Financials

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Operations

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Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Keller

Fabian VanCott

Lisa Romney

Rocky Mountain Power

Julie Nelson

Key Bank

Tom Barton

Prince Yeates & Geldzahler

Tim Brown

ex officio- Tracy Aviary

John Bergerson

Raymond James

James Divver

Zions Bank

Jim Dreyfous

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Hope Eccles

Civic Volunteer

Jaime Gomez

Civic Volunteer

Nancy McCormick

Civic Volunteer

Amy Taylor

Civic Volunteer

Jared Turner

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Kristi Ragsdale

Eva Carlston Academy

Darris Howe

University of Phoenix

Melanie Battistone

The Waterford School

Vicki Bennet

SLC Sustainability Department

Ashley Cleveland

Promise Program, Millcreek

Alyssha Dairsow

SL County Senior Center Program

Maria Estrada

The Nature Conservancy

Emily Leah

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David Richardson

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Joe Trujilo

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No