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A Vulture’s View Of 40

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Walnut Creek, CA, Events, Lord Richard, the turkey vulture, turns 40 at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

She’s turning 40, but those circling vultures aren’t being morbid, they’re her friends.

Lord Richard, the-once-thought-to-be-male turkey vulture is celebrating her birthday with cake and singing at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Sat. and Sun., June 21 and 22, at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek.

The cake will be specially baked for Richard and there will be primate-friendly activities like arts and crafts, learning the turkey vulture dance, storytelling and animal keepers talking about these magnificent birds. Guests will even learn to smell like a turkey vulture.

The Museum’s longest resident, Richard was first raised by a San Francisco family after she was orphaned. When she came to the Museum in 1974, she was assumed to be male because, without more intimate examination, female and male turkey vultures look identical. Then, in late 1980, Richard laid an egg.

Admission to the museum is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 2 – 17, and $7.50 for senior age 65 and up. Admission is free for members and parking is free for all.

For information, visit www.wildlife-museum.org for hours and directions.