Learn about the role of vultures in our environment at The World Center for Birds of Prey on Sept. 3

22 August 2011

BOISE, Idaho – Learn about the vital role that vultures – nature’s efficient clean-up crew – play in our environment on Saturday, September 3, at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey.

The celebration is part of International Vulture Awareness Day, being held around the world to highlight an important group of scavenging birds that is increasingly threatened with extinction due to poisoning and other human activities.

Two Peregrine Fund biologists will talk about their work with endangered vultures. Chris Parish, head of the organization’s California Condor recovery program in Arizona, will speak at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Munir Virani, who studies rare vultures in Asia and Africa, will speak at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A display of stunning photographs by Virani will feature images of vultures and other wildlife in Kenya’s Masai Mara nature reserve and other parts of Africa.

Special activities for kids will include art projects, puzzles, and interactive games showing how vultures use their remarkable senses of sight and smell to find food.

Visitors can get eye-to-eye with hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles at live bird presentations from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the featured birds will be Lucy, an 11-year-old Turkey Vulture that arrived at the World Center for Birds of Prey when she was 5 months old after being rescued from people who had taken her illegally from the wild. Visitors also can enjoy close-up views of a pair of California Condors on display in the new Condor Cliffs, which opened one year ago.

The Archives of Falconry will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Highlights include an authentic hunting tent and other displays from the Middle East, art, books, sculpture, and artifacts.

Details

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, September 3

Where: World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane

Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 youth; Members get in free

Information: 362-8687

Driving directions: From I-84, take Cole Road exit and continue south on Cole Road for 6 miles to Flying Hawk Lane.

Website: peregrinefund.org/world-center

Listen to Ken Bass interview Jack Cafferty and Dr. Munir Virani about this event.

(Courtesy of 94.9 FM The River)

For more information, contact:

Erin Katzner

Director of Global Engagement
Main Phone: 208-362-3716
Direct Phone: 208-362-8277
The Peregrine Fund