Who is celebrating International Vulture Awareness Day?

Below are all the organisations who have registered through this website to let people know that they will be celebrating vultures this International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday 7 September 2019.

Academie du Faucconrie du Grand Parc Puy du Fou, France – Vulture awareness activities, wristband sales, teenager training workshops.

Albuquerque BioPark, USA – Conservation discovery stations: pellet dissections; compare your wing span; smell station – can you discern odors as well as a vulture?; coloring pages and crafts – make a vulture mask or a small paper tube vulture; a beauty contest – favorite vulture; quiz – answer vulture questions for a prize and; learn about our zoo’s African vultures.

American Eagle Foundation, USA – A Vulture Live show at Dollywood’s Wings of America theater located at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN along with an educational presentation themed around the Asian and African Vulture Crisis.

Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Vultures, Croatia – This year, Priroda Public Institution, Zagreb Zoo and the BIOM Association with the support of the City of Rijeka and Cres Tourist Board have prepared a programme to mark this special occasion at Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures, at Korzo in Rijeka and at Zagreb Zoo.

Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, Myanmar – Short talk about vulture conservation in students of universities, Shan State; awareness of diclofenac toxic to vulture in all stakeholder will be done in veterinary people in Kachin and Shan State; pamphlets and booklets about Asian vultures, their ecological role will be distributed.

Bird Conservation Nepal, Nepal – Vulture conservation awareness campaign; Count of vulture numbers in specific time and location.

Birdlife Botswana, Botswana – BirdLife Botswana has collaborated with Kalahari Research and Conservation and other stakeholders to commemorate the day by organising an awareness-raising event at Gaborone Main Mall to target members of the general public. The event will start with a march for 2 hours, then entertainment, a gathering for speeches about the issues facing vultures and the importance of vultures in the ecosystem for another 2 hours. The event will include youth from primary, secondary and tertiary schools.

Buseu Project, Spain – Putting food for all species of vultures, enjoying and explaining the Buseu Project.

Carolina Raptor Centre, USA – Stomach acid demo, walk with a vulture, paint with a vulture, vulture playground, vulture vomit toss, vulture wingspan, scavenger hunt.

Fontanelle Forest, USA – Live Turkey Vulture in the nature center to meet, photograph, and learn from with its handler. Turkey Vulture crafts and activities. Our famous Turkey Vulture, Helios, will get a special treat in our refuge.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo, USA – Vulture plushies for adoption, information booth set up in front of Condor/Eagle exhibits, facebook and television spot with a carcass feeding. Activities: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Condor Exhibit: Learn all about these often misunderstood scavengers; touch and explore bird-of-prey bio facts; join activities like coloring and scavenger hunts; keeper talk: 10:30 a.m. at Condor Exhibit; Condor Adopt-An-Animal packages at reduced price, 9/7 only! 50% of sales will benefit California Condor Nest Guarding Programs.

Friends of Blouberg, South Africa – Treasure hunt, animal identification, informational speech. Barbeque and FUN day.

Gauntlet Birds of Prey, UK – Vulture themed activities during the day for kids including crafts, sweet stall, and a raffle; sale of charity wristbands; vulture themed talks throughout the day and a final 3pm mixed species vulture conservation flying demonstration.

Grefa – Monachus Project, Spain – On August 31, we will tag 12 black vultures with GPS (open), wing discolorations and we will do guided tours to the vultures aclimatisation cage. In the village that hosts the reintroduction project, there will be children’s workshops, ringing of passerine birds, musical parades, talks, a dinner and raffles. People will have the opportunity to observe the vultures in a feeding place. All to raise awareness about vultures and their role in the ecosystems.

Hawk Conservancy Trust, United Kingdom – At the Hawk Conservancy Trust, every day is vulture awareness day. If you would like to celebrate these incredible birds on IVAD, join the Trust to learn more about them with talks, activities and flying demonstrations throughout the day. Plus, you can meet a vulture!

Hazi Foundation, Spain – Technical workshop on coexistence between vultures and livestock. In the framework of POCTEFA Ecogyp, a project participated by relevant partners from both the Spanish and French sides of the Pyrenees, including regional governments and NGOs.

Himalayan Nature, Nepal – Himalayan Nature in collaboration with Nepalese Ornithological Union (NOU), Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network and Japanese Society for the Preservation of Birds is going to celebrate IVAD 2019 by organizing interaction with the local community and Vulture watch/counting around Thoolakharka Raptor Watch Site Nepal.

Inibioma (Conicet-Uncoma), Argentina – To celebrate Vulture Awareness Day we have planned a photo contest during August. The 7/9/19 we’ll share a vulture afternoon in the local town with: a. 6 talks given by researchers about vultures and their threats; b. Activities for children including a talk about local vultures, painting, and storytelling including interactive activity with a virtual Andean Condor; c. A great ending with the result of the photo contest, and live music played with a “sicus” made with Andean Condor feathers.

Iowa Raptor Project, USA – Come to the Raptor Center on Saturday September 7th from 11 am-3 pm to help us celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Aura, our Turkey Vulture, will be our celebrated ambassador. You can pretend to be a Turkey Vulture by making a mask and wings and scavenging for yummy food morsels.

Knowsley Safari Park, UK – Vulture themed talks throughout the day; three flying demonstrations heavily focused on the impact of vultures on ecosystems and their conservation; charity wristband sales for Gauntlet Conservation Trust.

Landgoed Hoenderdaell, The Netherlands – A themed weekend devoted to vultures, filled with several activities (like information stands, scavenger hunts, and a lottery) with the aim to educate people and raise funds!

McGregor Museum & Kimberley Harriers Running Club, South Africa – We will be hosting our annual Vulture Conservation Trail Run on 7 September 2019 on Benfontein Nature Reserve. All proceeds from the race go to local Vulture conservation research to support field work.

Mid-America Science Museum, USA – For our monthly Girls in STEM workshop, participants will have the opportunity to meet a real live vulture and meet with a representative from the Arkansas Game and Fish to learn about the importance of vultures in the environment and will also enjoy a fun hands-on science activity.

Migratory Soaring Bird Conservation, Egypt – Stakeholders awareness workshop and vulture watching activity.

Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment project, South Africa – The MZCPE together with Sanparks, Endangered Wildlife Trust and BirdlifeSA is partnering to attempt to attract vultures back to the Karoo. On 14th August MZCPE is hosting EWT Birds of Prey Programme’s Gareth Tate to give a presentation about Vulture Safe Zones to private land owners, bird clubs, conservation groups and anyone interested to be part of this. There will be media releases and awareness initiatives about the Karoo Vulture Safe Zone project during August and September.

Nandankanan Zoological Park, India – Conservation breeding of Long-billed Vultures and release into their natural habitat.

North Carolina Zoo, USA – We celebrated vultures as part of our Saving Species Across Africa day in September. Activities included learning how vultures digest their food, a vulture scavenger hunt, crafts, and other activities to learn about the work the zoo does to save vultures in the wild.

Ouwehand Zoo, The Netherlands – We plan to have all kinds of activities to increase knowledge and awareness about vultures in general and the Black Vulture specifically.

Parco Natura Viva, Italy – The Education Department staff has created a vulture-themed Game of the Goose to learn about the four species of vulture that live in our Alps and about the human activities that threaten their survival. To increase the education value of this activity, there will be a Conservation Stand of ARCA Foundation (an organisation that works with Parco Natura Viva on conservation projects) to raise awareness and share information about these particular animals, so important for our planet.

Peace Valley Nature Centre, USA – A walk to see vultures soaring and perhaps feeding, vulture food toss, toss the bean bag animals to the vulture (like corn hole game), vulture costume to try on, free buttons – Look Alive!

Peregrine Fund, USA – Guests at the World Center for Birds of Prey can meet Lucy the Turkey Vulture, see California Condors in person and juveniles on camera, participate in a “Scavenger’s Scavenger Hunt”, Q&A with Condor Propagation Specialists, Vulture Feeding, watch short films about international vulture conservation, and meet other amazing raptors of the non-vulture variety. Bald is Beautiful – Guests who are bald, balding, or wearing a bald cap receive free admission!

Prague Zoo, Czech Republic – Information about vulture conservation and reintroduction projects, causes of population decline, conservation research game – using paper cards with vultures images – based on the respondents’ preferences (evaluation of most popular vulture), educational workshops and children’s games and activities, special talks with feeding demonstrations.

Public Institution ‘Priroda’, Croatia – 2-10 September, Rijeka – Open-air exhibition ‘Vultures in the Sky, The Story of Kvarner Griffon Vultures’; 7 and 8 September – Open Day at Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures; Presentation of the results of the ‘Ožujsko Protected by Law’ campaign, creative workshop for children,lecture by BIOM Association about poisoning of vultures; 8 September – Creative workshop for children.

Raptors Botswana, Botswana – An awareness match and speeches from national leaders.

Riserva Naturale regionale del Lago di Cornino, Italy – On the 8th September we will organize in our visitor center: guided tours to the natural reserve and observation of vultures at the feeding point; some conferences about our activity and events related to vultures; releasing of young Griffon Vultures born in captivity.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, USA – Guided tours of the Shaver’s Creek Raptor Center with focus on Black & Turkey Vultures. Biofacts and activities for families.SEO–Virot, Mallorca, Spain – Come to watch Grifon & black vultures with the new BirdLife local goup “Virot”.

Stichting Vogelpark Avifauna, The Netherlands – Through different activities, amongst which a feeding presentation, we will raise awareness for vultures. We will host guided tours explaining on our ex-situ projects in vulture conservation, as well as our participation in in-situ projects.
In the vulture information booth, we will explain on the different threats and the initiatives worldwide to save vultures; now and in the future.

St Louis Zoo, USA – Vulture endoscopy activity, dress like a vulture activity, keeper chats, bio facts, diet examples, poison carcass activity, feeding demonstrations.

Theodore Roosevelt Park, USA – Before the Turkey Vultures of North Dakota head south for the winter, let’s celebrate these fascinating birds. Learn all about their lives, their interesting habits, and make a paper craft that you can take home. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Thirsk Bird of Prey Centre, UK – We are planning on running our Vulture Day with a twist.
On The Day: Vulture Encounter – Black Vulture and Palm Nut Vulture, three flying displays including African Flying Display, Vulture Feed, and Meet the Vet – Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet will popping in as well.

Ventana Wildlife Society, USA – California Condor Day – Come and visit our beautiful new exhibit, highlighting species recovery and the Big Sur region. Enjoy program presentations, bird walks, youth activities, snacks/beverages, and sign up for one of two special 2-hour condor tours offered.

Volerie de Forez, France – Several activities and games will be set up, including a conference to raise public awareness. We will collect donations for vulture protection organisations around us.

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, South Africa – Morning at Vulture restaurant, followed by presentations at Van Gaalens Cheese farm on vulture conservation.

Wings of Wales, UK – We are going to do a fundraiser walk in the Brecon Beacons to raise the profile of the conservation of vultures in the wild.

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