BISBEE — Celebrate the Return of Turkey Vultures in the historic mining town on Saturday, March 14, for a fun–filled day which includes meeting the birds face-to-beak, a parade and a dance.
The day begins at 10 a.m. to noon at the Farmer’s Market in Vista Park where the large, carrion-eating birds will be on display. Children and adults can make vulture windmills and play vulture games. A raffle will be held and proceeds will go to support city’s community swimming pool. Donations will also be accepted.
Then from 1 to 2 p.m., the vultures will be on display at the Copper Queen Library in Old Bisbee.
The “Buzzards and Bees” parade begins at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Brewery Ave. and Welsh Ave., just above City Park. The route is Brewery Ave. to Howell Ave. to Subway St. and down Main St. to the Post Office. Bisbee music students will play from the balcony of the Copper Queen Library.
This year, the parade includes bees to heighten awareness of their decline. People and children can make bees for the parade on Friday, March 6, and paint them on Friday, March 13 with the help of puppeteer Rose Hall at the Copper Queen Library. The workshops will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and are free to all who want to participate.
In the evening, the fun continues from 8 to 11 p.m. with the Buzzard Bash Dance Party at Club Kilimanjaro, 33 Subway St. in Old Bisbee. There is a cover charge.
On Tuesday, March 10, at 5 p.m. catch an informative talk at the Copper Queen Library with Tom Wood, Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory.
Sponsoring the event are the City of Bisbee, Bisbee Arts Commission, The Bisbee Foundation, the Copper Queen Library, Friends of the Copper Queen Library, Friends of the Bisbee Pool and the Turkey Vulture Committee.