Sylvan Heights Bird Park seeks to advance conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, to act as a local educational resource for avian biology and wetlands ecology, and to serve as an international center for avicultural training and research.
To provide public education about the waterfowl of the world and the important role the many and varied species play in the ecosystem.
To engage the public in waterfowl conservation and the preservation of habitat.
To provide a world class destination for school and other groups with a special emphasis on reaching out to underserved populations and high risk children.
To develop science curriculum-based programs for school children in an effort to expand their educational experiences and make them aware of career opportunities.
To interpret and build on the strong traditions and history related to waterfowl in North Carolina.
To encourage waterfowl research, provide facilities to carry out captive research, and provide a research library to support these activities.
To provide a forum for public policy related to waterfowl and advise governmental authorities when appropriate to protect, foster and advance the rights and interests of those engaged in the keeping and rearing of wild waterfowl for scientific, recreational, commercial, and hobby purposes.
To place special emphasis on the captive propagation of rare and endangered waterfowl.
To engage in joint ventures with other like minded organizations or individuals to further the collective knowledge and conservation of waterfowl.