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September 19, 2010                                                                                                           

Vultures and Fall Colors - Autumn's Gift to the Kern River Valley

Weldon, CA – The sixteenth annual Kern Valley Autumn Nature & Vulture Festival will be held on Saturday, September 25th, from 9 am -3 pm at the Audubon Kern River Preserve in Weldon. The annual migration of the vultures from their northern breeding grounds begins in early September and continues through early October. Between 1994 through 2006 volunteers counted the vultures that passed over a single point in the Kern River Valley, averaging 30,000 vultures seen during each 40-day period. Although the official scientific survey has ended the migration has not. Each year, Audubon and resident's of the Kern Valley celebrate the janitors of the earth as they pass through the valley at this fun and free event.
There will be many interesting booths with exhibits about nature, a special postal cancellation designed by John Schmitt, live animals, workshops and local vendors selling nature related crafts.

SATURDAY, September 25th
8:30 am-9:30 am. Turkey Vulture Lift Off. Meet at the Kern River Preserve, Weldon. The vultures normally leave around 9am
9 am-10:30 am. Bird Walk at the Kern River Preserve. This is a wonderful introduction to bird watching. Viewing of the Preserve's hummingbird and thistle seed feeders. FREE.

9 am - 3 pm. Information Booths, Educational & Interactive Exhibits. Live lizards & snakes!!! Displays of local wildlife & plants. Kern River Preserve. FREE.

9 am-3 pm. U.S. Postal Service Turkey Vulture Cancellation Station: visit Weldon Postmaster, Amee Smith who will be on hand to sell specially stamped envelopes with original John Schmitt designed Turkey Vulture Festival cancellation for collectors or personal use up to thirty days.

9 am - 3 pm. Snakes & Lizards of the Kern River Valley. Visit with Herp-Ecology as they share some of the live, native snakes & lizards of the KRV. FREE.

10 am - 10:30 am. Falconry Demonstration. See a hybrid goshawk and learn about the art of falconry.

10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Native Plant Distribution (pre-ordered). Order your native plants from the Mountain Desert RCD today and pick them during the festival.

10:30 am - 11 am. Southern Pacific Pond Turtle Demonstration. Learn about the Kern River Preserve's preservation efforts for this rare species

11 am - 11:30 am. Bird Feeding Workshop. Get ready for fall and winter bird feeding with Birdie Foster. Learn about the different types of feed and how to maintain bird feeders for the health of our feathered friends.

11 am - 12:30 pm. Bird Walk at the Kern River Preserve. This is a wonderful introduction to bird watching. Viewing of the Preserve's hummingbird and thistle seed feeders. FREE.

11:30 am - 1 pm. LIVE MUSIC from "Small Town Media" Kern Valley favorites will play acoustic songs to delight the crowds. Bring your folding chair or blanket and sit down to enjoy this talented trio. Although this concert is FREE, Valerie and Scott intend that this is a fundraiser on behalf of the Kern River Preserve and the Turkey Vulture Festival so donations are heartily welcome. FREE.

NOON - 1 pm. No Host Picnic at the Preserve. Bring lunch and enjoy the music and a talk from USFWS naturalists.

12:30 pm - 1 pm. WORKSHOP: California Condor Update - Vulture Workshop, with the USFWS Condor Recovery Program. Bring your folding chair or blanket and sit down and enjoy. FREE.

1 pm - 2 pm. Fall Colors and Butterflies. Alison Sheehey, will lead a walk around the nature trail to enjoy the colors and the butterflies that nectar on fall flowers.

Join us at Audubon's Kern River Preserve - 18747 Highway 178 - Weldon, CA from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 25th for a day of free workshops, music and nature walks. Visit the festival webpage to find out more;

For more information email or call Audubon Kern River Preserve at or (760) 378-2531.
About Audubon Kern River Preserve

The Kern River Preserve is managed by Audubon California for the preservation of one of California’s largest contiguous cottonwood-willow riparian forests and the wildlife it supports.
Audubon Kern River Preserve supporters provide financial and volunteer support for Preserve outreach, education, wildlife habitat protection & stewardship.

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