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Committee Meeting Up in the Air

| 7/5/2016 3:58:00 PM

Connie Mooreturkey vultures gathered in tree

The committee is back in town. They spend their days on the road and all things are up in the air by the time they gather for a conference.

At the south end of Enon, Ohio, on the west side of the road is a high-rise conference room they use most evenings. Towards sunset they fly in, go over the day’s news and settle into an otherwise quiet retreat.

They’re not much to look at. Business suits are black to brownish-black. No hats or ties. They prefer bare heads and no restrictions to hinder their stylish moves. They are big guys who can put the fear of being ripped apart into the hearts of smaller businesses of bird nature only if one has already succumbed to the last hours.

Turkey vultures are a natural sight in the skies of Ohio. Enon is blessed with a committee or wake as several together are called. Sometimes they’re referred to as a kettle when numerous birds are coasting in circles on air drafts. Blessed, yes, for they do more clean-up than a road crew when it comes to decaying animals in fields and on roads. Their sense of smell is large and can point them in the direction of a meal over a mile away.

As they take flight each morning, their six-foot wing span takes them up where warm thermals can keep them riding the winds for hours. When they get hungry they skim lower to the ground until picking up the scent of freshly killed mammals such as rabbits, deer, dogs, cats, squirrels and yes, even skunks, which they have been known to dissect and remove the offensive scent glands. They will also dine on snakes, lizards, fish and other birds.

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