Turkey Vulture Festival

Saturday September 24, 2016 7 am - 2 pm


Fall is here and the birds are moving from their summer breeding grounds in North America to the wintering grounds in Central and South America.  As birds fly south they need places like the Kern River Preserve to rest and replenish on their way.  One of the largest concentrations of migrating Turkey Vultures in North America comes down the Sierra Nevada and through the Kern Valley.  If we are lucky we may see “kettles” of vultures swirling up into the morning sky as we enjoy the other birds and wildlife.  This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the Kern River Preserve.

7:00 am – Early Bird Walk -The nature trails at the Kern River Preserve are beautiful in the fall.   Take this walk with a local guide to see birds and wildlife.  

8:00 am – 11:30 am Bird banding Demonstration – Research Scientists from the Southern Sierra Research Station will be capturing, banding and releasing birds.

9:00 am – 10:00 Wildlife Camera Demonstration by Sequoia ForestKeeper on how wildlife cameras are used to document wildlife us in important habitats.

9 AM to 2 PM-Information Booth-Staff and volunteers will keep you informed about this event and the Kern River Preserve.  Stop in and buy a t-shirt or learn how to become a supporter of the Kern River Preserve.  We have T-shirts with beautiful bird art work by John Schmitt and other artist in many sizes.   

10:00 – Natural History Walk – Learn about the plants animals and ecology of the Kern River Preserve on this walk with a local conservation biologist.

10 AM to Noon-Children’s Activities- Kern Audubon will host activities for children, a great way to learn about birds and wildlife.  Kids can do nature art, learn bird identification and make bagel bird feeders.

11:00- noon – Conifer Identification Workshop – Sequoia ForestKeeper biologist will how to identify local native

Noon to 1:00pm – Picnic - Sit in the shade and enjoy the Preserve and have a leisurely lunch.  Bring your lunch and a cool drink.

Booths and Information Table – California State Parks Elk Reserve, U.S. Forest Service, Kern Audubon Society, Friends of the Condor Wild and Free, Sequoia ForestKeeper, Southern Sierra Research Station

All events are at Kern River Preserve-18747 Hwy 178, Weldon, California 93283.  Questions e-mail or call 760-378-2531.

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