Get cheek to beak with Audubon Aquarium's Parakeet Pointe!

2011-03-15

GET CHEEK TO BEAK WITH AUDUBON AQUARIUM’S PARAKEET POINTE!

Exciting New Exhibit Takes Flight March 25, 2011

March 15, 2011                                                                                                            New Orleans, LA

It’s treats for tweets! Hundreds of brightly colored parakeets take flight at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in the all-new Parakeet Pointe, opening March 25 at Audubon Aquarium, #1 Canal Street in New Orleans.

What a memorable experience for Aquarium guests as they stroll among these free-flying, personable and beautiful parakeets! For even more fun, guests purchase seed sticks and feed the birds while in the free-flight exhibit.

“This is a unique way to connect visitors with wildlife,” said Aquarium Managing Director Karyn Kearney. “While that’s something we at Audubon Nature Institute aim for every day, Parakeet Pointe brings these wonderful creatures so much closer to our guests. These are moments to be remembered for a lifetime.”

Opening weekend, March 26 and 27, NOLA Pyrate Week is celebrated on the plaza in front of the Aquarium with music and a treasure hunt game. Inside the Aquarium, visitors can stop by the Pisces Room on the second floor for opening weekend activities, including face painters, costumed characters, and a craft table for making parakeet masks and getting temporary parakeet tattoos.

Parakeets are affectionately called budgies. In their natural habitat, the birds are green with black and yellow markings. In Parakeet Pointe, visitors will spot a number of fascinating variations beyond traditional colors seen in the wild. Swooping and soaring, the parakeets create an exciting atmosphere full of movement, sound and life for Aquarium guests.

The new parakeet exhibit, located on the second level of the Aquarium, measures 800 square feet of lush habitat just perfect for the energetic new residents.

Parakeet Pointe is included with general admission to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas which is $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 2- 12 and $15.95 for senior citizens. Audubon members are admitted free of charge. Feed sticks are purchased for $1. For tickets or more information call (504)581-4629.

Media Contact:  Sarah Burnette
                         (504) 212-5335
                         sburnette@auduboninstitute.org