Celebrate Lord Richard’s 43rd Birthday June 30!

SF Premiere Bay Area Science and Education Center Holds festivities celebrating her impressive milestone!  

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., June 26, 2017— Join Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek, for Lord Richard’s, our female turkey vulture, 43rd birthday all-day long Friday June 30!

What: Lindsay Wildlife will host a day long party for Richard, who greets and delights Lindsay visitors from her al fresco aviary at the Walnut Creek center’s entrance. The party includes birthday cake specially baked for Richard, arts and crafts, turkey vulture games, and Lindsay will offer TWO special story times from the Contra Costa County Library Discover & Go program. Then sit in the Raptor Redwood Grove and watch Lord Richard in our Raptor Recess and Flight School programs!

Birthday cake will be provided for visitors to enjoy at Richard’s outdoor aviary at 1 p.m.

One of Lindsay’s longest-living residents at the wildlife center, Richard came to Lindsay as a juvenile from the Randall Museum in San Francisco. After being raised by people, she had been imprinted and would not socialize properly with wild turkey vultures. When she came to Lindsay in 1974, she was assumed to be male, female and male turkey vultures look identical. Then, in late 1980, Richard laid an egg. But instead of changing her name, Lindsay decided to keep her as a female “Lord”!

Where: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.

When: All-day Friday June 30.

  • 10:30 a.m.: Story Time with Contra Costa County Librariesas part of their Discover & Go Series
  • 11 a.m.: Sit in the Raptor Redwood Grove and watch Lord Richard in Raptor Recess
  • 11:30 a.m.: Story Time with Contra Costa County Libraries (we’re offering two in case you miss the first one!)
  • 1 p.m.: Have birthday cake with Lord Richard!
  • 2:30 p.m.: One more chance to see Lord Richard spread her wings as part of Flight School

Event cost: Free with paid-admission. General admission is $8.50/adults; $6.50/children ages 2-17; $7.50/seniors age 65 and up, free for members.

Fun fact: Richard is noted in the Wikipedia listing for turkey vultures.

High-resolution photos available upon request.


About Lindsay Wildlife Experience:
Lindsay connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. It is a unique natural history and environmental education center where wild live animals are just inches away from visitors. It serves more than 100,000 children and adults and treats more than 5,600 animals each year at the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S.


Visiting Lindsay Wildlife Experience


1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597