International Vulture Awareness Day

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Curator Natalie Childers has a special relationship with many of the resident vultures. They know that they are her favorite, shhhhhhhh! Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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International Vulture Awareness Day/Green Living Expo

Celebrate all things vulture and learn why vultures are key to a healthy environment. These "nature's garbagemen" help clean up carcasses of dead animals and prevent the spread of disease. In places where their numbers are decreasing, like in India, this deficit is becoming a big problem for the human population that depends on them. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.

Green Living Expo
The Green Living Expo helps families get a start on what they can do to help save the planet, too. Meg Fencil from Sustain Charlotte will give a talk entitled “Less is More. Keys to a Healthy Community” at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Each booth will have a fun activity that connects to the theme of the day and you can take home tools to help you get started.

International Vulture Awareness Day/Green Living Expo
Saturday, September 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
11:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Sustainability Salon: Less is More. Keys to a Healthy Community.
11:30 am - 3 pm
Meg Fencil, Sustain Charlotte
FREE with Regular Admission

International Vulture Awareness Day started in 2009 at the Birds of Prey Programme in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England. Now celebrated all over the world, the event highlights the important work being carried out by the world’s vulture conservationists. On the first Saturday in September, each participating organization carries out their own activities that highlight vulture conservation and awareness.

For more information about events all over the world, visit the website.

Carolina Raptor Center offers items in the Eagles Landing Gift Shop that a portion of the proceeds go to vulture conservation efforts in Africa. Look for the labels. To learn more about VulPro, our partner institution, visit their website.