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August 22, 2014…. The annual release of White-crowned Pigeons from the Caribbean Free-flight Aviary at the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter took place on Thursday 21st August.
A small flock of 13 young White-crowned Pigeons or “Bald Pates” bred in the Aviary were prepared for release over the past few months to reduce their dependence/ habituation to humans, along with feed transition to wean them off the commercial diet they receive in the Aviary and familarise them with the berries and hardwood fruits they will have to forage in the wild.
This was a somewhat unspectacular “Soft Release” where Aviary staff just open the doors to the cage and let the birds fly out on their own terms. In the coming weeks visitors to the Cayman Turtle Centre can look out for the birds flying around the compound with coloured leg bands as they slowly range farther from home base and disperse into the wild population.
For more information and admission rates, call the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter on 949-3894, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.turtle.ky