Are you ready for the turkey vulture’s evil cousin?

I’ve always enjoyed the serene beauty of a turkey vulture slowly floating in the wind currents above the rolling hills of Calhoun County on a warm summer day.   

And one day, after I found two fluffy, infant turkey vultures in the woods just milling around on the ground by themselves (with their parents nowhere to be found), it really peaked my interest in the turkey vulture.  

Ultimately, I wrote a column about the turkey vulture. That creepy-looking bird with the bulky black body and tiny red head loitering at the edge of the blacktop is actually doing us a big favor; they clean up what very few other self-respecting critters would be caught dead doing: cleaning up roadkill with gusto.

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