Today is Vulture Awareness Day! Therefore, we want to lend our voices to help spread the word about how important vultures are for the environment, and how they are currently suffering many threats. Some species are critically endangered and facing extinction. In the Americas, the California Condor is considered to be critically endangered, while the Andean Condor is near threatened. These two species are among the largest birds on Earth, and the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere.
The other five species found in the Americas are doing well throughout most of their range. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be taken into account. One of our all-time favorites is the King Vulture. There’s probably not a fancier, better-looking vulture in the world, and it’s always a highlight during our tours. One of best places to see these spectacular birds is beautiful Belize, where we regularly run birding trips. In the picture, we can see an adult King Vulture surrounded by lush tropical forest in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize.
Vulture Awareness Day is important, not only for the vultures themselves but for the health of the planet. Join us to help spread the word, support conservation and even get involved! Vultures deserve to be appreciated. Visit www.vultureday.org to learn more.