Students have been an integral part of the Hamilton Aviary ever since we moved to our Westdale location. Jonathan, a McMaster University student, is one of the many students who have dedicated their time to the Hamilton Aviary. He joined the aviary last summer, looking for a way to fulfill his passion for birds over the long summer break. Like many of our volunteers he found out about the Hamilton Aviary online and knew immediately that it would be the perfect place to gain some experience - and have fun too! He spent about three months volunteering cleaning the aviary, feeding the birds, and playing with them at the end of his shifts. We asked him a quick couple of questions about his time volunteering.
What was the most important thing you learned while volunteering at the Hamilton Aviary?
While volunteering, I learned about the importance of bird conservation and how society must work together and strive to preserve them for future study and care.
What was the most rewarding part of volunteering at the Hamilton Aviary?
The most rewarding part is knowing that I've made a difference in the lives of the flock and knowing that the birds are in good hands. I connected with many of the birds during my time at the aviary, like Rosie, Tia and Snowball.
Is Rosie your favourite?
Definitely. She is pet-friendly and very open to strangers. But I am really proud of the relationship I have built with Tia. I was so happy the day he trusted me enough to hold him and spend time with him in his cage.
Are there any other birds you have a special connection with?
I've been spending lots of time with Snowball and have been teaching her how to play Peek-a-boo!
What would you tell people about the Hamilton Aviary?
We are always looking for volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering at the Hamilton Aviary please apply on our website!
Written by: Michelle
Photographed by: Michelle