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Celebrate Vultures at PKS Aquarium Sept. 1

A vulture stars in a program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The bird will be celebrated during International Vulture Day Sept. 4. Photo: File

PINE KNOLL SHORES – Vultures will get their day in the spotlight Saturday during International Vulture Awareness Day at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

The aquarium is working to educate the public about the worldwide dangers threatening these birds and the essential role in the ecosystem vultures play. Their consumption of carrion helps prevent the spread of many diseases that may be harmful to humans and wildlife, according to the aquarium’s announcement.

The global threats to vultures include lead poisoning, toxicity, hunting and poaching, and the effects of the pesticide DDT on eggshell strength.

Visitors to the aquarium Saturday will have a chance to meet live ambassador vultures, make a vulture craft to take home, engage in interactive activities in Discovery Classroom and get feel for vulture anatomy by touching wings, feet and other features.

Native black vultures and turkey vultures are included in the Bird’s-Eye View free bird show held daily.  The show ends Sept. 4 for the 2018 season.

International Vulture Awareness Day activities and Bird’s-Eye View are free with admission or membership.

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