Friday, August 26, 2016

CLINCH RIVER RAPTOR CENTER and well worth a visit

A bright young lady is  editor at the Clinch River Raptor Center Facebook Page.  She is driven to write and does excellent creative and non-fiction work.She recently put up a blog for the raptor center. The center provides rescue and rehabilitation for  birds or prey, including hawks, owls, falcons and the occasional vulture.  Located in its own facilities within the surrounds of a middle school, students work as volunteers with the birds, learning associations with nature gained no way other than "being there"...experiences and memories to last a lifetime.  We introduce introduce you to the Clinch River Raptor Center Blog with a copy of a recent post:

Here is that post-
Everybody has seen at least one cartoon where a vulture circles above something dead or dying, eyes full of evil plans to eat away at whatever remains later. But did you know that seeing a vulture isn’t necessarily a sign that something is about to die?
The ragged wingspan of a vulture is easily picked out from other birds of prey with their very distinct primaries sticking out like dark fingers. Whether intentional or not, their circling seems menacing and unusual. What the vultures are up to would make a lot more sense if we could see air currents.
Long wings of a vulture as it circles above

When a vulture circles in the air, they are riding the air currents, their feathers spread out to glide without any effort. In this manner a vulture can stay airborne without flapping their wings like most common birds do. Many different types of birds can glide, but vultures are the only famous ones prone to riding the circular air drafts up high into the sky. This action does help in spotting prey, but doesn’t mean that a vulture has already spotted something.
So, when you see vultures circling above your head, don’t jump to conclusions! They may not be considering you as a meal, but simply riding the air drafts up higher into the clouds.

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