The Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. It is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion.

Evidence for the existence of turkey vultures in Ann Arbor

  • "Large bird, red head, eating roadkill. Middle of the road, stopping traffic. Significant wingspan. It stood about 18 inches high." Ann Arbor Chronicle via Sabra Briere, June 2011
  • "Uh oh, just saw two turkey vultures eating something fluffy by the side of the road. Hope everyone already got their baskets..." [1], Julie Weatherbee, April 2010
  • Heritage Media, June 2010
  • Ann Arbor News, What are all those turkey vultures up to?, October 2008

How lucky you are to have such a wonderful natural event so close to home!

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