Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures
Story & Activities by Debra Toor
Based on Field Research by American & Canadian
Photography by American & Canadian
Curriculum Guide by Debbie Gonzales,
Adaptation Adventure by Kelly Brown, Educator
Dr. Jean-François Therrien,
Senior Research Biologist,
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Photo: Dr. Therrien (Left) & Dr. Marc Bechard, Professor at Boise State Department of Biologogical Sciences. attach a satellite-tracking transmitter onto a turkey vulture.
Dr. Therrien is researching the movement ecology of New World vultures and peregrine falcons across the Americas to investigate the extent, causes, and consequences of their annual journeys.
His team is working to prevent catastrophic population declines by sharing information learned with global conservation partners. They are using vultures as environmental sentinels of ecological change and environmental contamination, including climate change and heavy-metal contamination.
Dr. David M. Bird, Professor of Wildlife Biology, McGill University
( 778) 351-0352 (British Columbia) email@example.com
Hailed as one of Canada’s leading ornithologists, Dr. Bird has studied raptorial birds for over 40 years. He has authored several books, peer-reviewed publications, produced documentaries for television, and hosted radio shows about birds.
Dr. Jim Fraser, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation; Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Fraser has done extensive field research on Turkey Vultures and written peer-reviewed articles. He has taught wildlife management, conservation biology, and endangered species management at Virginia Tech for over 32 years. Dr. Fraser won the 2013 Mitchell A. Byrd Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Ornithology from the Virginia Society of Ornithology.
Dr. Stuart Houston, Saskatchewan, Bird bander, Field researcher, Author
Dr. Houston has been banding birds in Saskatchewan for over 72 years. He has conducted unprecedented studies on turkey vultures in Saskatchewan and trained researchers to study the vultures in Alberta. Dr. Houston has authored several peer-reviewed articles about the movement ecology of turkey vultures.
Mike Mossman, Forest Ecologist,
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Mr. Mossman has studied Turkey Vultures for many years and has authored several peer- reviewed publications about them. His wife Lisa Hartman, teacher and former wildlife biologist, presents a turkey vulture program featuring a rescued vulture ( with a broken wing) for schools and nature centres.