The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day.
At the Hawk Conservancy Trust we love vultures so every day is vulture awareness day! If you would like to celebrate these incredible birds, join us on the first Saturday in September to learn more about vultures and why we need them.
Vultures are ecologically vital and are now the most threatened group of birds in the world; populations of many species are under pressure and some are facing extinction.
International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days that were started by the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust who worked together to expand the initiative into an international event with hundreds of participants across the globe.
Organisations including zoos, wildlife parks and conservation organisations can sign up to take part in IVAD by sharing their planned activities on the IVAD website. The aim is for each participating organisation to carry out their own activities that highlight vulture conservation and awareness. The website provides a central place for participants to share their activities with the vulture conservation community, and learn about the activities of their colleagues. If you are part of an organisation that would like to celebrate IVAD with us, please sign up on the website to share your vulture awareness activities!
Here at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, we will be celebrating vultures with even more vultures in our fantastic flying demonstrations, a poisoning crime scene to investigate, vulture bingo, and plenty of other vulture-themed activities throughout the day. We will also have our IVAD t-shirts on sale in our shop and our fundraising target is to raise £300 to fund a vital Poison Response Kit!