MEDIA ALERT: Lindsay Wildlife Experience Celebrates Turkey Vulture Lord Richard’s 44th Birthday on Saturday, June 30!

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

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., May 22, 2018: Join Lindsay Wildlife Experience for Lord Richard—our FEMALE —turkey vulture’s, 44thbirthday Saturday, June 30!

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 wildlife 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 take flight!

Cupcakes will be provided for visitors to enjoy at Richard’s outdoor aviary at 1 p.m. And new this year, Lindsay Wildlife will have a face painter on-site!

One  of the wildlife rehabilitation center’s longest-living residents, Richard came to Lindsay as a juvenile from the Randall Museum in San Francisco. After being raised by people, she imprinted and would not socialize properly with wild turkey vultures. When she came to Lindsay in 1974, she was assumed to be male, as 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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday June 30.

  • 11 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. Face Painting: Look like Lord Richard!
  • Noon: Story Time with Contra Costa County Libraries (we’re offering two in case you miss the first one!)
  • 1 p.m.: Have cake with Lord Richard!
  • 2:15 p.m.: One more chance to see Lord Richard spread her wings as part of Phys. Ed! 

Event cost: Free with paid admission. General admission is $10/adults; $8/children ages 2-17; $9/seniors age 65 and up, free for members.

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



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 First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925) 935-1978