Buzzard Day

Hundreds of folks packed into Reed Bingham State Park near Adel, Georgia on Saturday to enjoy the park's annual Buzzard Day.

Visitors enjoyed long boat tours, getting a chance to see the birds that have migrated to the area for the winter. Park officials say this is an important event in eliminating the negative stereo types that buzzards have.

Jennifer Glover, a park official, said, "I think bringing the public out to educate them in this kind of setting where there's a lot of things to do, unlike a classroom setting, we can teach them and yet they have fun at the same time. The buzzards are not as gross as people think. They do have gross habits, but they're very good at what they do."

Those gross habits include the bird's natural defense mechanism of throwing up when they feel threatened, a habit that's drawn strong emotion from the kids in attendance.

Sevaan Perow, 10 years old, said, "Well, we're not going to threaten the buzzards then. That's gross."

But for most of the folks enjoying Buzzard Day, the enjoyment came out of seeing so many of these birds in their natural environment, an environment that park officials say must be protected, not only for these birds, but for all the animals who call our region home.

Even though Buzzard Day is over, you can still see the birds at Reed Bingham State Park for a few more weeks.