Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 22, 2010

How Vultures Provide Community Service

Turkey Vulture in Miami, Florida, USA.

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Ever wonder why we don’t find more dead animals in the forest or along the roads?

It is due to Turkey Vultures, who are the clean-up crew of our environment.  They remove carrion from the roads and dead animals from the forest.   They are not hunters but gatherers. They have:

  • a very powerful sense of smell and can smell dead animals from hundreds of feet away
  • have powerful eyesight
  • powerful digestive systems that enable them to digest old even rotting meat
  • a featherless head that lets them get in animal cavities
  • a diet that is primarily carrion

To read more see the Lake County Bee on Turkey Vultures

CSI: Germany-The Sniffer Vulture

German police have trained a Turkish Vulture to find bodies.  The project has been named Sherlock.  The bird has been trained to find dead bodies and can do it faster than sniffer dogs.
For more:  Forget Dogs – Sniffing Vultures Are Taking Over the Hunt

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  1. You’re right Sandy, I walked 26 miles of wilderness coastline and saw every kind of dead animal from sharks to sea lions and the vultures were cleaning up the place.

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