MDC to Host Annual Vulture Venture Program

Vultures are a well-known, but under-appreciated member of the bird world. On Feb. 20 at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, people can learn more about these interesting birds at the free Vulture Venture program.
Vultures are a well-known, but under-appreciated member of the bird world. On Feb. 20 at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, people can learn more about these interesting birds at the free Vulture Venture program.

 

by Tim Church

 

BRANSON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation invites the public to its annual Vulture Venture program at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery this Saturday, February 20th.

During the program people will have the chance to see vultures along Lake Taneycomo through spotting scopes. Then once inside the hatchery’s Conservation Center, people can get an up-close and personal view of a live rehabilitated vulture furnished by the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield.

According to a release issued by the MDC, the natural features bordering Lake Taneycomo attract a large number of vultures each winter. The mass gathering of vultures provides the perfect opportunity to take in these birds, which over the years have received an undeserved bad reputation.

No reservations are required for this free event, which will goes from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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