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The Turkey Vulture, sometimes referred to as a Buzzard, is the most common of the New World vultures, they nest throughout the United States except in northern New England. They soar for hours over woods and open terrain searching for carcasses, locating them partly by smell, which is extremely sensitive. As they soar, they ride on rising columns of warm air called thermals to save energy while covering miles of territory. Because of this energy saving behavior, we seldom see a Turkey Vulture on a windless day, when thermals do not form. Turkey Vultures are valuable for their removal of garbage and disease-causing carrion. At night they often gather in large roosts.

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