Monday, April 29, 2013

Peace Eagles

The Turkey Vulture is one of the most amazing and beneficial birds in the world. We are very fortunate that they are so abundant throughout Oklahoma. These birds can be seen perched on old buildings or barns but spend much of their day soaring in the sky looking for food. Unlike most birds they rarely flap their wings.  They are such skilled gliders that they can stay in the air for more than six hours. They are an extremely important part of our ecosystem because they clean up the flesh of decaying animals.  The Cherokee Nation calls these birds "Peace Eagles" because unlike other birds of prey they do not kill.  They are actually quite magnificent when you get to see them this close up - Oh and a little ugly!!


  1. They are quite spectacular in flight. I climbed up the mesa at Gloss (Glass?) Mountain State Park last year and dozens were soaring off the updrafts. One popped out of its cliffside hidey hole only about 20 feet away from me and took off follwed by several youngsters. I'll always remember that little venture.

  2. WOW! What an experience! That is SO neat!! I love the Gloss Mountains and would have loved to have seen that. Thanks for sharing!