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An Awareness of Vultures in Our Poisonous World

By Steve Zack

An appreciation of vultures is in the eye of the beholder. William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition certainly appreciated them; Charles Darwin certainly did not. Clark carefully described in his journal of 1806 the “butifull buzzard of the Columbia” that we now know as the California Condor. Darwin, in 1832, recounted his experience with “these disgusting birds” (in this case, Turkey Vultures) whose bare heads “revel in putridity.” Beyond their beauty or putridity, however, our awareness must include the awful plight of vultures worldwide, due largely to the toxic world of poisons we foist upon them. The sixth annual International Vulture Awareness Day, which we celebrate September 6, gives us an opportunity focus precisely on that issue.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #45

The photographers responsible for this stunning collection of wild bird photographs from around the world should be proud! You have managed to capture the essence of the wonder and ultimate freedom of birds in the wild! These amazing images shows us that each bird is an individual. An individual living wild in a wild environment…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #42

Part 2… A breath-taking collection of wild bird photographs that will make you dream and fill you with wonder. How can we imagine a world without the freedom and color of birds in the wild? The most diverse, most beautiful places on earth to see wild birds are all threatened by mining, agriculture and the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #41

We were unable to post the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” last month due to work in the field and limited internet access. Here are the first 25 of a collection of 50 wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust in April… Absolutely stunning photography that gets ever closer to…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #38

Every week we are astonished by the breathtaking beauty of the birds of the world! Up until recently very few people had access to a telescope or pair of binoculars that could actually focus on and see small birds and animals at a distance. The earliest naturalists were all hunters and collectors with a sling…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #30

Birds never cease to amaze and fascinate, as they take to the skies with the confidence of exclusivity, the masters of flight. This amazing collection provides a window into the lives of birds in the wild. From the poles to the deep green tropical forests of the equator. Master aviators that migrate across the planet…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #28

Mind-blowing color and diversity borne out of the age of the dinosaurs!! Free birds for a better future…  Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #19

Join our Wild Bird Revolution and introduce your friends to freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Wild, free-living birds are ambassadors of the natural habitat they depend upon. Some eat only meat, while other eat only nectar. Some migrate from Cape Town to Siberia between seasons, while others stay at home to protect their…