‘Turkey Vultures: Friend or Foe’ special presentation at Werner

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Image for presentation on turkey vultures at the Werner Wildlife Museum.

A special and extra Warner Wildlife Series presentation, “Turkey Vultures: Friend or Foe,” will take place Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Special guest presenter Joanne Theobald will share her vast collection of photographs and videos and information about turkey vulture traits, habits, and folklore, according to India Hayford, museum specialist. “Weather and turkey vulture presence permitting, there might even be a short walk to observe some of the birds that live only a short distance from the museum,” said Ms. Hayford.

Theobald, former director of counseling at Casper College, participates in the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Naturalist Program and is working on the mule deer initiative on Casper Mountain. “My real passion is turkey vultures. For the past six years, a group of about 40 has roosted in the spruce trees behind my house, and I’ve become obsessed with them. People have many negative misconceptions about them, and I’d like to educate others about these amazing creatures,” Theobald said. Theobald, who maintains an Instagram page about turkey vultures, is currently writing an article on the birds for the November issue of THE HOWL, the museum’s free quarterly wildlife newsletter.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in the Africa-Arctic Room in the museum. For more information, call 307-235-2108 or email indiahayford@caspercollege.edu.

The Werner Wildlife Museum, located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street, is free and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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