The western turkey vulture picks up a lot of mileage every year as it soars across countries.
Using thermals to fly without having to flap its wings, the turkey vulture heads south every winter to Baja California, Arizona and New Mexico to enjoy the sunshine. Some will even go as far as South America.
But now, as spring creeps closer, the turkey vultures are returning to Oregon en route to breeding grounds in Canada. And in Rockwood, a group will be celebrating the return of our scavenger friends with Welcome Back Vulture Day, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Nadaka Nature Park, 17405 N.E. Glisan St.
The free event is a great chance to learn about vultures, play games and enjoy refreshments. The star of the event is Ruby, the Audubon Society of Portland's resident turkey vulture. There will also be other education birds on hand as well.
Children can make vulture crafts and masks, play vulture-themed games, listen to stories, partake in a nature scavenger hunt, eat snacks and compare their "wingspan" to a California Condor.
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