There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
“The Turkey Vulture has somehow acquired a false reputation for vomiting. Actually, the Turkey Vulture very seldom regurgitates. However, if it is cornered by a person who gets too close and is threatening, the vulture may roll over and play dead, or it may project vomit in a defensive manner, and this has an offensive odor.” Puke or play dead: It’s fascinating what valuable workplace-survival tips humans can learn from animals. This cool ornithological factoid comes courtesy of the legendary Bill Kohlmoos, president of the venerable Turkey Vulture Society. Regretfully, Kohlmoosif that is, in fact, his real namewill not be present at today’s “Gross Encounters of the Pond Kind: Disgusting Diets of Hidden Pond Wildlife” program, but rest assured that “chef/naturalist” Hammon Deggs will be. Along with possibly discussing vulture barf (or the lack thereof), Deggs will delight with tales of the ooey-gooey digestive quirks of crayfish, turtles, and earthworms. Prepare to launch your lunch at 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. $3. For reservations call (703) 451-9588. (Sean Daly)