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 the National Life building in Montpelier. For the past several years, National Life employees have been able to watch Turkey Vultures right out their windows. The birds are likely drawn to the rooftop for warmth. They show off their 6-foot wingspans as they soar and land on the building. While Kent and Sara watch these incredible birds, we learn how to identify Turkey Vultures and how it is that they can eat dead animals and not get sick.
Listen to the show
- Learn how to identify Turkey and Black Vultures on All About Birds.
- Turkey vulture population trends from the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas of Life.
- When are they arriving and departing Vermont? Find out with the Vermont eBird phenology chart
- See a live map of this year’s turkey vulture sightings and images on Vermont eBird. You can add your observations too.
- Vermont eBird photos.
Images from the Show
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.