Take a look at this video made by Simon Thomsett, introduced by Dr. Richard Leakey, about the current plight of vultures in Kenya and how their preservation is vital to the welfare of the environment and the human populations who live within their habitat. The issues of secondary poisoning and the dangers of power lines and wind turbines are highlighted.
A wide variety of resources on vultures as well as birds of prey are available on this site as well as some of the latest news from the field. The Peregrine Fund also works nationally and internationally supporting conservation projects in the field.
Located in east-central Pennsylvania, Hawk Mountain is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey. Check out the “Learn About Raptors” section of this site to learn more about vultures and various raptors.
Vulpro is one of the leading organizations in vulture conservation centered in South Africa. Website includes amazing videos of vultures, useful information about vultures and the work being done with both captive and wild vultures at Vulpro.
Got ideas of new activities for IVAD or want to share your vulture day stories. Post them on the vulture day wikispace page.
Search for the vulture you’d like to find out more about. See photos of the birds, listen to the sounds they make, and watch videos of them.
The Turkey Vulture Society’s purpose is to promote scientific study of the life habits and needs of the Turkey Vulture, to protect the vulture and its habitat, and to inform the public of the valuable and essential services this bird provides to us and to the environment. There are many resources here for students, teachers and birders alike.
Find information about the history of vultures, facts about different types of vultures, and read the study about the black vulture called Clem. Coming soon on the site will be a Just for Kids section and the Turkey Vulture Society.
The Avian Web is a great place to learn about all types of birds. Just enter “Vultures” as a keyword and up will come a list that includes general information about the species and specifics about Indian White-rumped Vultures, Palm-nut Vultures, red-headed Vultures, Griffon Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Eurasian and American Black Vultures, Old World Vultures; and Lappet-faced Vultures.
Field Biologist Corinne Kendall describes the sad story of Lolly, a Lappet-faced Vulture, who was poisoned by an insecticide. Of the 17 vultures tagged by Kendall’s group this year, three became victims of poisoning.
When farmers in Pakistan and India noticed that vultures were dying after they tried to feed on dead farm animals, scientists stepped in to find out why. They discovered that medicine given to the animals was poisonous to the vultures.
If you go to the National Geographic site, and do a search for vultures, you’ll find a lot of vulture information and photos. One of the most interesting is the very colorful King Vulture. It’s mostly white, but has black markings, straw-colored eyes, and a yellow, red or orange neck.
In India millions of vultures have died because of poisoning. Scientists are trying to breed vultures in captivity and in 2007 had their first successes with two hatchlings. On the Smithsonian site, you can look at photos of the babies.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center includes a Bird Photo Gallery, which provides a number of different photos of each bird on the list. Vultures included are the Black Vulture, King Vulture, and the Turkey Vulture.
At Smithsonian Wild, you can see what are called “camera-trap” images of Yellow-headed Vultures and Turkey Vultures.
San Diego Zoo’s outstanding site has a section on vultures that features interesting facts, the differences between Old World and New World Vultures, vulture soaring and scavenging, and vultures as an endangered species.
If you click on Google Images and put in the keywords “Vultures Soaring”, up will come some wonderful photos of vultures soaring on air currents.
The Carolina Birds site contains excellent photos of many colorful and very interesting Old World and New World Vultures. It’s interesting that these birds are not closely related.
These are extremely large birds, so large they can scare away a fox. This is a fascinating film about winter to spring in Patagonia. The BBC site also has excellent content on the American Black Vulture.
This BBC video shows that vultures are not only facing danger from poisons, but also from those who hunt vultures to prepare what they call “healing” medicines. Besides healing, some think vultures promote good luck and want to purchase vulture bones from “healers”.
Vulture decline in Asia and Africa is causing concern around the world. As scavengers, they get rid of the bodies of dead animals and keep down contamination that causes disease.
An amazing website, done by the World Wildlife Fund – Spain, full of graphic representations and images of the movements of Egyptian vultures between Spain and Africa. Information is also included on mortality threats, particularly poison
This website features the work being done by Ivaylo Angelov, among others, in trying to preserve the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria.