Thanks for reminding me of that legal fact. I’ll speak to the village manager.
I am hoping, however, that there is also a solution that will help both the birds and the village.
I would gladly lay a trail of road kill from the village limits to our field. We get a great deal of pleasure out of “our” vultures. They’re so ugly they’re beautiful and so very graceful and useful.
From: heliconius [mailto:<heliconius...>]
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2018 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: [birders] turkey vultures roost
I may not be remembering correctly, you have to check.
When I lived in Mi, I seem to remember that disturbance of any roosting raptor is illegal.
This is a federal law.
You should check out the laws.
Contact the Ann Arbor NAP ornithologist, a representative of the Audubon society or even the Mi Dir. to confirm the laws
Try calling the old geology centre in Pinkney. The rangers there seem very well informed.
You are lucky to have the Turkey Vultures roosting on your land.
If I were you, I would be collecting road kill and setting up a huge bird feeder...
ex Ann Arbor NAP Entomologist
now living in France.
On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 6:40 PM, Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> wrote:
We have Turkey Vultures who roost in a dead tree in our side yard. We LOVE having them there, perched on the very top of the highest dead trunks. We watch them every day.
CLINTON village has a different opinion and I wondered if some of the experts or more experienced bird lovers on this list might have a better solution than they’ve come up with.
Every day at dawn and dusk the Village fires off air horns to disrupt them in their roosts at the Community Center and the cemetery. I think their dawn air horns are useless. From observing our vultures, I think the birds can’t take off before there are thermals for them to ride. Right??
As to the air horns at dusk, I question their effectiveness too. The birds have chosen to roost in these two places because of the availability of appropriate trees and thermals. Is this also correct? Or am I drawing erroneous conclusions?
Here’s the big question: is there a way that will not harm the vultures (our natural cleanup squad) but will urge them to roost elsewhere? For instance, we’d welcome them to our property a mile north of town. Is there a way we could encourage them to move in our direction and leave Clinton? The village is claiming they are making a very big mess in the cemetery and at the community center. I have not checked out the roost myself so I don’t know how much of a mess they have made. I do know that our vultures have not made any visible mess on our property, but we have acreage here.