Birds - Turkey Vulture
The turkey vulture is an extremely graceful bird in flight. It seldom needs to flap its long wings once airborne, but soars high overhead looking for carcasses.
The turkey vulture can be seen just about everywhere in the park preying on road kill and other dead animals. The turkey vulture is one of nature’s recycling artists.
These birds have a wing span of over 6 feet. While soaring, they hold their wings in a V-shape and often tip "drunkenly" from side to side, sometimes causing the gray flight feathers to look silvery as they catch the light.
Did You Know?
Lewis and Clark, while on their journey up the Missouri River in 1804, noted that this "wild dog of the prairie...appears here in infinite numbers." More...