Chilean flamingos in exhibit

Virtual Breakfast with the Animals: the Birds & the Bees

Calendar Icon February 14
Clock Icon 10 a.m.
Clock Icon $15
Age Icon Recommended: Ages 12+
Curators Will Discuss Breeding
Abdim's stork in exhibit


How do you know when flamingos are gearing up for breeding season? How do you find the perfect mate for an Abdim’s stork? And how does Lincoln Park Zoo’s Animal Care staff work with population biologists to keep the bird populations healthy?

Find out this Valentine’s Day by tuning into Virtual Breakfast with the Animals: the Birds & the Bees! Whip up some breakfast for your family and enjoy these unique talks about the zoo’s inhabitants by the zoo experts who care for them.


Sunny Nelson, Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds

Sunny began her career as a petting zoo attendant and then as a birds and small animals keeper at Zoo Atlanta. After 12 years there, she moved to Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo to serve as the lead keeper of McCormick Bird House and then as zoological manager of the bird department. She is currently the Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds.

Sunny is also the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinator and studbook keeper for the Inca tern population, and works closely with the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources to maintain a master studbook for the Puerto Rican Parrot captive breeding and recovery program.

Rachel Bladow, Associate Population Biologist

Rachel joined the AZA Population Management Center at Lincoln Park Zoo in February 2019 as an associate population biologist. Her work benefits population management programs for AZA zoos and aquariums around the world. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Florida and an Master of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her thesis focused on the impacts of elevated temperatures on the embryonic mortality of green and loggerhead sea turtles in south Florida.

Before coming to Lincoln Park Zoo, Rachel also worked as a herpetarium intern and extern at the Saint Louis Zoo, a marine turtle specialist conducting sea turtle beach surveys, a turtle husbandry technician, and an instructor for biological laboratory classes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log into the event?

You will receive a Zoom link and unique password, via your registered email address, within two hours of the event. Please click the provided link and enter your password 5-10 minutes before the event begins. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and will automatically gain access to the event as it begins. If you see the “Waiting for the Host to Start the Meeting” message, the event has begun yet, which gives you time to test your audio.

You can access Zoom via PC/Mac/Android/iPhone—however, we strongly encourage you to check your settings in advance before attempting to join the virtual event. To ensure a smooth virtual experience, you should have a secure internet connection.

You will be muted upon entry and will not be allowed to unmute or share your screen with others in the group. The best way to experience the event is through the “Speaker View” option, which will appear in the top-right-hand side of your Zoom screen.

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Does everyone in my household need a ticket to attend the event?

Your ticket purchase at all events, both live and virtual, help support Lincoln Park Zoo’s state-of-the-art animal care and worldwide conservation. Care continues here at Lincoln Park Zoo as dedicated staff remain hard at work ensuring the animals continue to flourish and receive world-class care.

100% of all proceeds go to your zoo.

We hope that all guests viewing the virtual event are registered ticket holders.

Can I purchase tickets at day of the virtual event?

If tickets remain available, a limited number will be for sale the day of the virtual event. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, though, as there are a limited number of tickets for these virtual events. We can’t guarantee tickets will be available the day of the virtual event.

Please keep in mind, events will take place right on time. Don’t be late!

Can I ask the host a question?

Yes! Your question will be sent to the host of the meeting, who will try to get through as many as possible at the conclusion of the event. If you have a follow up question that was not addressed during the virtual event, please email us at and we will try our best to reply with the answer.

I am a member. How can I apply my membership number?

To redeem your member discount, please follow the below steps:

  1. Click “REGISTER NOW” at the top of the website.
  2. Click “TICKETS.”
  3. In the top-right-hand corner, select “ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE.”
  4. Enter the first three digits of your Lincoln Park Zoo membership number.
  5. Select “APPLY CODE.”
  6. Select the number of tickets you wish to purchase.
  7. Proceed to checkout.

Can tickets be traded, transferred, or refunded?

If you cannot attend the event, you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. However, there are no refunds for tickets purchased for special events at the zoo.