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What a great weekend! Waking up on the beautiful grounds of the Kern River Preserve, then taking a stroll down the road to watch the Turkey Vultures unfurl their wings & sun them dry before taking off on their migratory journey was just incredible. Bird walks, arts & crafts, strolling musicians, campmates gone MIA til just before the potluck (you know who you are). Saturday night's potluck was well attended by new friends as well as our own group; plenty of great food, terrific company, music and merriment. More vulture watching Sunday morning was followed by a side trip to the hot springs on the way home. Naked & wrinkly oldtimers with conspiracy theories to share did not deter us from our soak. A good time was had by all. Thank you all for joining the trip, and a special thanks to Reed & Bob of the preserve for extending their hospitality. Let's do it again soon. .....Kathi
Event Information
Event Name 10th Annual Kern River Valley TURKEY VULTURE FESTIVAL
Event Date/Time 9/24/2004 N/A to 9/26/2004 N/A
Location in WELDON, CA
Event Type Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Event Description CHANGE IN CAMPING LOCATION: WE WILL BE CAMPING AT THE KERN RIVER PRESERVE RATHER THAN OFF-SITE. COST IS $5.00 PER PERSON/PER NIGHT AND IS A DONATION TO THE PRESERVE, WHICH IS A GOOD THING. I WILL BE ARRIVING FRIDAY NIGHT AROUND 9:00. DIRECTIONS: http://www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/kernriver/visiting_krp.htm The entrance to Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve is located alongside the scenic South Fork of the Kern River. It is fifty-seven miles northeast of Bakersfield, Kern County, California. From Bakersfield -Take Hwy. 178 fifty-seven miles northeast through the Kern River canyon and past Lake Isabella - continue through the communities of Mtn. Mesa and South Lake. Slow down at the T-intersection of Hwy 178 and Sierra Way as the preserve is 1.1 miles beyond this point. On the left is a large sign for Audubon California's Kern River Preserve. You are almost here. Turn left and drive down the dirt road - slowly as cattle are frequently in the field. The field is not our property - the road is an easement to the preserve - so please respect the landowner and do not stop or park until you reach the parking area inside the preserve. From the Mojave Desert - The preserve is located approximately 30 miles from Hwy 14. From Hwy. 14 take Hwy. 178 west through Walker Pass - Canebrake - Onyx and almost through Weldon. The preserve is 0.6 miles beyond the South Fork Elementary School and only 100 yards past Kelso Valley Road at Hwy. 178 milepost 57.00 (white paddle sign on side of road). On the right is a large sign for Audubon California's Kern River Preserve, you are almost here. Turn right and drive down the dirt road - slowly as cattle are frequently in the field. The field is not our property - the road is an easement to the preserve - so please respect the landowner and do not stop or park until you reach the parking area inside the preserve. Turkey vultures are cool! Following is the information from the website. 10th Annual Kern River ValleyTURKEY VULTURE FESTIVAL Friday-Monday, September 24-27, 2004 Festival Headquarters: Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve and South Fork SchoolWeldon, Kern County, The Kern River Valley Turkey Vulture Festival celebrates the height of fall Turkey Vulture migration through California's "Valley Wild", the Kern River Valley. One of the two largest known migration sites in North America (north of Mexico) - Four thousand five hundred eighty five Turkey Vultures were counted during the 4-day festival in 2003. The 2003 count period from from September 1st through October 20th is still ongoing, as of Oct 3rd, 16992 vultures have been tallied. The rest of the season promises thousands more vultures. To view the total number view our daily log of vultures and migrating raptors. The magnitude of the migration over this southern Sierra Nevada count site is awe inspiring. ACTIVITIES - Our late September festival dates also correspond with what is historically one of the finest weekends for observing fall land bird migration in California. In addition to the presence of many western migrants attractive to eastern birders, there are excellent chances for observing eastern rarities at nearby desert oases. This year we offer Booths/Exhibits/Children’s Activities at the Kern River Preserve as well as field trips.It is with pleasure and anticipation that we cordially invite you to our eighth annual festival