Vulture Festival 2020 - Virtual & Self-Led

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

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

Sunday October 18: 
Bird Walk with ORAS (10 participants per guide per session)  7:30-10:00 AM

Register for the Morning Bird Walk with Oconee Rivers Audubon Society

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!

Register for the Self-Led Scavenger Hike

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! 

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 "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

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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