Turkey Vulture – Nature’s Sanitation Corps

Turkey Vulture

Nature’s Sanitation Corps

The Turkey Vulture employs both keen eyesight and a well-developed sense of smell for locating its carrion meals. They are Nature’s sanitation corps.

Along a southern Texas shore
Death lies on the coastal floor
Disease from rot won't have a chance
Nor may we call this happenstance
For the vultures' prowess lies
Not just with its acute eyes
Detects its meal when odors swell
Through its superb sense of smell
So what does all this really mean?
The vulture keeps the landscape clean

~ Anecdote, poem and Turkey Vulture capture, Nature’s Sanitation Corps © Jerry L. Ferrara