Vultures & Visitors
Black vultures, a bird native to much of the Southeastern United States, have in recent years taken to tearing up vinyl and rubber components of automobiles, campers, and boats in Everglades National Park, especially at Royal Palm.
The problem is not unique to the park, and has increased in several states, likely a result of an expanding vulture population. Throughout Florida and elsewhere, vultures damage cars, roof shingles, and pool screens. We see this type of behavior quite a bit, especially in vehicle parking areas associated with water resources like Royal Palm and at boat ramps.
Everglades National Park would like to minimize the damage vultures cause to the vehicles of our visitors. To that end, we are providing some suggested strategies for minimizing interactions. Additional resources are also available for those who wish to learn more.
Hundreds of vultures have been tagged throught the southeastern United States in an effort to monitor their behavior and movements. Numerous birds were also recently tagged in Everglades National Park, and YOUR observations are needed!
Did You Know?
Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!