3day celebration takes closer look at area birds

first_imgRuby, a turkey vulture, shows off her wingspan Saturday at the Audubon Society of Portland’s BirdFest display. River S Unit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife bus tours of the River S Unit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; buses leave hourly from Ridgefield High School, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road; Audubon bird walks, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Big Sit bird tally, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Carty Unit: Geology walk, 10:30 a.m.; Native American fishing, 12:30 p.m.; “Keeping Traditions Alive,” 1:30 p.m.; traditional salmon bake, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; family activities tent and Cathlapotle Plankhouse tours.Davis Park (downtown): Family activities and Birders’ Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Audubon live bird display, 1 p.m.; Oregon Zoo display, 2 p.m.Information: http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org.RIDGEFIELD — Turkey vultures poop on their feet.As Deanna Sawtelle explains, that is the bird’s version of cleaning up after dinner.A turkey vulture can be up to its ankles in its food; so when it walks away from the table (so to speak), its feet can be covered with sticky bits of rotting road kill.“They poop straight down their legs,” Sawtelle told a gathering Saturday at View Ridge Middle School. “It kills the bacteria on their feet and legs.”last_img

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