Vulture Festival 2021 - LIVE & In-Person!

Join us for the 8th Annual Athens Vulture Festival, LIVE! Saturday, October 9th!

ANNOUNCEMENT: For the health and safety of all involved, we ask that all attendees wear masks when they are within 6 feet of presenters, activity stations, or other attendees. When social distancing is possible on the birding trails, scavenger hike, or in open spaces, please use your discretion to keep yourself and others safe. We will have hand sanitizer and extra masks available, as needed. Thank you.

We will also be posting fun activities, virtual tours, pre-recorded videos and more throughout the week leading up to the event!

The ACC Vulture Festival is a celebration of "nature's clean-up crew," the vulture! Vultures are key to a healthy ecosystem. Just like the Solid Waste Department, they help keep the environment safe and clean by picking up the "leftovers." Vultures are often under-appreciated, or even cast as the villain or outcast in cartoons and stories. Every year, during this week, we shine a spotlight on this amazing creature, which includes a wide variety of species from all over the world. We also shine a spotlight on our landfill property, which serves to do more than just bury your trash - we strive for waste reduction in all that we do, including composting organics such as food scraps, leaf & limb, and biosolids, as well as recycling materials and reclaiming landfill gasses to convert into electricity. Join us this week for a series of educational and fun activities, programming, and community!

Interested in Volunteering? Please register here:


Saturday October 9th:
7:30 AM - Bird Walk with Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (Please pre-register below)

8:00 AM - Festival Begins - Family Activities, Informational Tables, Food, Live Animals

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM - EarthQuest: Birds of Prey Program Presentation (#1)

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM - Guided Tour of ACC Composting Operations

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Guided Tour of ACC Landfill Operations

11:00 AM              Announcement of Costume Contest Winner!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - EarthQuest: Birds of Prey Program Presentation (#2)

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM - Festival Wrap Up, Final Announcements and Activities!

Sunday October 10th: 
7:30 AM - Bird Walk with Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (pre-registration required - see form below)

Register for the Morning Bird Walk with Oconee Rivers Audubon Society

Join Oconee Rivers Audubon Society and ACC Solid Waste Department for a socially distanced morning bird walk along the nature trails at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill. Pre-register here, arrive by 7:30 am, and please wear a mask!

Disclaimer: Limited walk-up slots will be available, unless additional Covid-19 restrictions are enacted prior to the event.

Vulture Festival 2018 ORAS Bird Walk
Vulture Festival 2018 Scavenger Hike

Follow Us on Social Media

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win our exclusive Vulture Festival t-shirt.

On Facebook @accsolidwaste

Share your love of vultures by sharing your vulture pics with us and be entered into a contest to win our exclusive David Hale Vulture Festival t-shirt. Tag your pictures with @accsolidwaste #VultureAwarenessDay #respectthebird 

On Instagram @accsolidwaste

Follow us on Instagram for activities and prizes! You must follow our page to be eligible to win. Join us every day of the week leading up to the Saturday event for more chances to win!


Fun Activities To Do At Home Or At School

In the Kitchen with Suki

Carrion Cafe

Vulture Vomit Recipe

Vulture Vomit Recipe Modified by SJ

American Black Vulture Coloring Sheet


Turkey Vulture Coloring Sheet


Happy Halloween Coloring Sheet


International Vulture Awareness Day Coloring Sheet


King Vulture Connect the Dots


Nature's Clean Up Crew Coloring Sheet


California Condor Connect the Dots


Vulture Maze


Vulture Memory Game


Vulture Scramble


Vulture Word Search


Vultures of the World Map

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