The first Saturday of September is always International Vulture Awareness Day, and this year, Tracy Aviary is offering fun games, crafts and other activities for guests to enjoy as they learn about these amazing birds on Sep. 6.
There are 23 different vulture species in the world, and visitors to Tracy Aviary can see three of the most amazing – the turkey vulture, king vulture, and Andean condor. Turkey vultures are the most widespread vultures in North America and are an essential part of the ecosystem that keeps nature clean. King vultures are native to Central and South America, and are some of the most colorful vultures with their brightly patterned heads and black-and-white plumage. Andean condors are native to South America and have the largest wingspan of any vulture, and Tracy Aviary's Andean condor – Andy – is extra special; he celebrated his fifty-fifth birthday this year!
To find Tracy Aviary's vultures, visit their different exhibits…
- The turkey vultures are located between the Kennecott Wetland Experience and the Dabbling Duck Pond, and they share their enclosure with a red-tailed hawk. Check out the hawk vision scope next to the exhibit!
- The king vultures have a tall exhibit across from the South American Pavilion, but be sure to check around the back of the vultures' exhibit as well to see gloriously colored macaws.
- Andy N. Condor makes his home at the King of the Andes exhibit in the aviary's northwest corner, across from Pelican Pond and next to a small play area.
Tracy Aviary will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on International Vulture Awareness Day, but the games and crafts will only be held from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children age 2 and younger. One dollar from all admission fees goes toward conservation and the various programs Tracy Aviary is involved with.