Saturday, September 3, 2016

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

The first Saturday in September is International Turkey Vulture Awareness Day. Many people don't appreciate vultures because of their looks and their reputation as scavengers. The turkey vulture is even nicknamed a buzzard -- that bird we often see circling over deer or other dead animals killed by cars on our roads. It has a bald red head and beady eyes that zero in on any dead creature on the ground. 


Looking Up to Turkey Vultures


I don't normally consider turkey vultures beautiful. They are actually a bit ugly when compared to some of the other birds of prey. In the air, though, it's a different story.

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures


I love watching them fly in groups as they are above. I very often see two or more circling together. Although they are hunting for food, they also fly over buildings and go over and under the power lines. 

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures


The photos above were taken on a February rainy day between showers. 

Some people appreciate the turkey vulture enough to use a bumper sticker to tell the world that they love them. Why not? They help keep our natural areas and roads and fields clean. Do you want a lovable little vulture to cuddle?  It's there for you. If you merely want to help your children learn more about turkey vultures with great photos, easy-to-read text, and even some projects, try the books below. 




Some people have to go to zoos to see turkey vultures. Here in Paso Robles and Templeton, all you have to do is go for a walk on a country road or visit a vineyard or open field and you are likely to see the turkey vultures overhead. Take a few minutes and just watch them. Any day can be Turkey Vulture Day.

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures


Do you see turkey vultures where you live? How do you feel about them?