Turkey Vulture Poultney 1

“Poultney”

Turkey Vulture 
Cathartes aura

In 1993, Poultney was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Poultney, VT. It is impossible to know whether the bird’s injury was intentional or accidental, but it was certainly illegal. Poultney’s right wing was fractured, and despite rehabilitative care at VINS, Poultney will never be able to fly again. Fortunately, VINS was able to provide a permanent home.
Turkey Vultures provide a fascinating look into the life of a scavenger and the bird family tree. The question of which group is the closest relative of the New World vultures has been hotly debated by ornithologists. For four decades it was incorrectly believed that storks, which share certain behaviors, held this role. Only after more thorough DNA studies were completed was it revealed that these vultures are closely tied to the hawk and eagle family, though significant evolutionary differences have made them the great scavengers they are today.
Turkey Vulture Poultney 2
Turkey Vulture Poultney 3

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.

November $25 Special

Adopt Poultney for $25 and receive an Adoption Certificate, Species Fact Sheet and Digital Photo.

$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