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Photo Town Crier File Photo Pandemonium Aviaries in Los Altos Hills is home to the exotic Victoria Crowned Pigeon. The facility opens for tours in May.

Pandemonium Aviaries has scheduled behind-the-scenes tours of its rare-bird conservation facility in Los Altos Hills 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 and 12.

The Mother’s Day Weekend Bird and Garden Tours will feature family-friendly guided tours that showcase the unique habitats for the facility’s exotic, endangered birds and the art-filled gardens.

Founded in 1996, the nonprofit Pandemonium Aviaries began as a bird sanctuary, but its focus shifted from individual birds to species survival. Its efforts to increase bird populations through conservation breeding of endangered species extend worldwide. The group primarily concentrates on several New Guinea species, boasting some of the largest flocks currently under conservation in the world, including the Victoria Crowned pigeon.

Suggested donations – tax deductible – are $75 adults, $35 youth and free for children under 3. Box lunches are available with advance purchase for $20.

A Music in the Aviary event featuring music by Freddy Clarke, a classical/flamenco guitarist, and wine and hors d’oeuvres is scheduled 4-6 p.m. May 11 at the aviary. Pandemonium Aviaries CEO Michele Raffin will lead a tour. Suggested donation is $150.

Proceeds from the tours support bird care and the breeding program.

The facility is usually closed to the public. The precise location will be disclosed upon tour reservation.

For tickets and more information, visit www.SupportBirds.org.

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