Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: You've seen them along the roadside and circling fields using thermals to glide & swoop. They have great eyesight, and a heightened sense of smell that can locate carrion from over a mile away. Driving around Alligator River Refuge it's not unusual to see a dozen or more. It's the Turkey Vulture, one of nature's clean-up crew that helps along the natural recycling system when another creatures dies. Turkey Vultures have an amazing digestive system much tougher than humans. When eating they're able to withstand germs, bacteria and even toxins that might be fatal to us.
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/