Lakeside Nature Center


Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura)

Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on October 25, 2011.

This Turkey Vulture was discovered on the ground by a local runner at Jerry Smith Park. 

Our Nature Center had received numerous calls with sightings of the bird for two weeks.  Every time a volunteer went to locate the young bird, it could not be found.  Finally, a caring volunteer stayed with the vulture until we were able to arrive. 

 A medical examination by Lakeside staff revealed that the large humerus bone of the right wing had previously fractured and healed at an angle.  Since the bird was very young and could no longer fly, we decided to house him as an educational bird, along with our other Turkey Vulture. 

 Vultures are very social birds and enjoy the company of their own kind in the wild.

For more information on turkey vultures, check out the Critter Corner entry.

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