Join us for the 7th Annual Athens Vulture Festival, VIRTUAL! We will be posting fun activities, virtual tours, pre-recorded videos and more throughout the week of Monday October 12th through Saturday October 17th! We will be wrapping up the week with a live stream session with Kathryn Dudeck, Wildlife Rehabber at Chattahoochee Nature Center!
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!
Friday October 16: Scavenger Hike (10 participants per session) 10:00-10:45 AM, 11:00-11:45 AM, 1:00-1:45 PM, 2:00-2:45 PM
Saturday October 17: Bird Walk with ORAS (10 participants per guide per session) 7:30-10:00 AM
Live Stream from Chattahoochee Nature Center 9:00 AM
Join Oconee Rivers Audubon Society and ACC Solid Waste Department for a small group, 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! Participants receive a free David Hale Vulture Festival t-shirt!
Join ACC Solid Waste Department for a self-led, socially distanced Scavenger Hike along the nature trails at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill. Pre-register here, arrive at the session time you register for, and please wear a mask! Participants receive a free David Hale Vulture Festival t-shirt!
Follow Us on Social Media
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win our exclusive Vulture Festival t-shirt.
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
Follow us on Instagram for "Where's Veto?". Can you guess where Veto is today? Starting Wednesday, 10/14/2020 through Saturday, 10/17/2020, we will post a different video of Veto somewhere in Athens each day. First follower to guess correctly wins a prize pack from the Vulture Festival. Extra points if you can tell us why this location is important in relation to the landfill. You must follow our page to win. Join us every day through Saturday for more chances to win!
Fun Activities To Do At Home Or At School
In the Kitchen with Suki
Vulture Vomit Recipe
American Black Vulture Coloring Sheet
Turkey Vulture Coloring Sheet
Happy Halloween Coloring Sheet
International Vulture Awareness Day Coloring Sheet