Today is International Vulture Awareness Day so I thought I would share images of Turkey and Black Vultures. Sure, vultures aren’t are handsome as Bald Eagles but they do serve an ecological function of cleaning up carrion so in essence they are nature’s recyclers. Here in the U.S. we have three species of vultures, the California Condor, Turkey Vulture and Black Vulture. The California Condor is making a comeback but we mustn’t forget that they sat on the brink of extinction. There are vultures in other countries that are also endangered and nearing extinction so raising awareness globally might help them.
In 2003, the Boise-based Peregrine Fund found that a drug called diclofenac, an anti-inflamatory drug used on livestock in East Asia, was responsible for the sudden death of huge numbers of Gyps vultures.
Other vultures in the world are killed simply because they are seen as a threat to livestock.
Our Turkey and Black Vultures here in the U.S. aren’t endangered but we need to be good neighbors and raise awareness for those that are.
Life is good. Carrion.