Turkey Vulture Poultney 1

“Poultney”

Turkey Vulture 
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Poultney was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Poultney, Vermont. It is impossible to know whether the bird’s injury was intentional or accidental, but it was certainly illegal. The bird’s right wing was fractured and badly injured, and despite rehabilitative care at VINS, Poultney will never be able to fly again. Fortunately, VINS was able to provide a permanent home for the bird.
Some may say that Poultney lacks the grandeur and majesty of our hawks or eagles. However, these turkey vultures provide a fascinating look into the life of a scavenger. Our vultures are given a wide variety of food, everything from small mice to large fish. A chicken or rabbit carcass provides a stimulating activity: the vultures carefully and delicately pluck feathers and fur to reach their tasty meal.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that all exhibit birds receive biannual health checkups. These examinations are complicated, however, we are careful to keep the vultures’ health checks as short as possible! 
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Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our Turkey Vulture, Poultney, through the RISE Adopt a Raptor Program. Together, we can protect our natural heritage through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

$30

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Digital Photo

$50

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal

$100

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag

$500

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
Behind-the-Scenes Tour