Bye-Bye Buzzards

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

September 23, 2018   6:00 a.m.

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September brings the Autumnal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians - at the Arboretum one sure sign of Fall is the departure of the seasonal resident flock of Turkey Vultures. Join ASU Professor Dave Pearson for a morning observing the big, black birds. Events are included with adult admission of $12.50; free to BTA annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders.

Arrive early for the 7am special Vulture Viewing Saturday to observe our famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies. World-traveled ASU Professor ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be the guest 'Vulture-ologist' stationed near the Desert Legume Garden from about 7:00 am until 8:30 “talk-ing about TUVUs,” sharing a few jokes about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies.

Typically by 8:30am. Dr. Pearson and other guides will lead a bird walk through the gardens at 8:30 in search of other birds, mammals and critters.

Author Kate Fallon Presents ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird’
A special guest for the event is author Katie Fallon, her nonfiction book Vulture: The Private Life of an Un-loved Bird was released this year from the University Press of New England. A portion of the book’s last chapter is spotlights BTA’s annual festival, and two chapters take place in Arizona and southern Utah - highlighting the Hassayampa River Preserve, the Grand Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs, and the town of Gila Bend. Fallon will sign and sell copies of her book in the visitor center following Dr. Pearson’s bird walk – from about 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

  • 7:00-8:30 Vulture Viewing with ASU Professor Dave Pearson
  • 8:30-10:00 Guided Bird Walk with Dr. Pearson and Friends

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