Vultures play an important role in reducing diseases as nature's recyclers.

WIKIPEDIA PHOTO - A turkey vulture soars.With turkey vultures returning to the metropolitan area as the weather warms, join a celebration to welcome them back from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Nadaka Nature Park, 17405 N.E. Glisan St.

Welcome Back Vulture Day is filled with fun and educational activities. Meet Ruby, Portland Audubon's turkey vulture, up close, along with other educational birds. Attendees also can compare their "wingspan" to that of a California condor, make a crafted vulture and mask, play "Upchuck Chuck," and discover why vultures are important.

In Oregon there is still a strong population of turkey vultures, even though their numbers are dwindling around the world. They play an important role in reducing diseases as nature's recyclers, so supporting the species is crucial.

Park at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, located next to the park.

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