POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, MAY 12.
It is that time of the year when the Turkey Vultures (TVs) begin their arrival to Castlewood Canyon State Park (Castlewood) They are harbingers of the changing season and warmer times are ahead. The TVs (not the video device) were down south to spend our winter. If you would like to join the welcome party, come to Castlewood Canyon State Park on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
TVs are extremely important to us humans and our existence…they eat dead things. They clean up the environment eating diseased, bacteria laden carcasses. It is believed that in Africa diseases that affect humans is on the rise because of a decrease in the vulture population. Here in the U.S., our vulture population is on the rise. They may be ugly and discussing but they are essential to our being.
Why are they disgusting? First they stick their heads into yucky carcasses. Would you like to have hair if you did this? That is why they have no feathers on their head. To sterilize their feet after walking around on carcasses they urinate on themselves. If that weren’t enough when approached or frightened they vomit. This lightens their load so that they can take off and fly away. They do have a yucky job in their endeavors to protect us.
There are several planned activities planned for TV Day. Games such as “Fill The Roost”, “Hop Like A TV” “Good Food/Bad Food”, “Eat Like A Vulture” and more point out various facts about the TVs and their importance to us humans. Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park will be serving TV Dinners (are you happy I mention this after the disgusting paragraph), hamburgers and hotdogs…donations always appreciated.
You will be able to see a live TV up close. HawkQuest will be on hand with a TV and more. This is your opportunity to see these birds up close. Do not forget to notice the TVs large nostrils. They are about the only bird that has a good sense of smell…how do you think they find dead things to eat.
Join us at Castlewood Canyon State Park for this interesting day. The park is located 5 miles south of Franktown on Highway 83 (Parker Road). Where is Franktown you might ask. Just 7 miles east of Castle Rock.