Outdoor Radio usually takes us to a mountain top, pond or forest to get close to wildlife. But this month, biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland are on top of an office building in Montpelier. For the past several years, National Life employees have been able to watch turkey vultures out their windows. The birds are drawn to the rooftop for warmth and show off their huge wingspan soaring around the building. We learn how to identify turkey vultures from other big birds and how it is that they can eat roadkill and not get sick.
Follow these links to learn more about turkey vultures.
- Identifying turkey vultures on All About Birds.
- Turkey vulture population trends in Vermont from the Vermont Atlas of Life.
- Vermont eBird phenology chart
- Map of this year's turkey vulture sightings in Vermont on Vermont eBird.
- Vermont eBird photos.
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center For Ecostudies with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.