The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day. Yes, you read that correctly.
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
There is an international day of awareness for a bald, scavenging bird that flies in a circle high above carrion before dropping in to feast. As foul as that may sound, carcasses are a vital food source for vultures, as well as for other scavenging animals such as hawks, eagles and coyotes — which means that vultures are, in turn, vital for the environment.
Amateur ornithologists are invited to participate in International Vulture Awareness Day, featuring a vulture beauty contest, games and crafts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at ABQ BioPark Zoo. Visit the aviaries in the zoo’s Africa Exhibit to learn more about these bald birds, how biologists study them and why they need your help.
The price of attendance is included with admission. General admission is $12.50 adults (13-64); $5.50 seniors (65+); and $4 children (3-12). N.M. resident prices are $9 adults (13-64); $4.50 seniors (65+); and $4 children (3-12). Admission is free to all kids under age 3. Combo and member rates, military discounts and other discounts also are available.
International Vulture Awareness Day
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., general admission prices
ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 Tenth St. SW
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