Des Moines hatchling vultures

hatchling vultures Admission Date: 2 August 2017
Outcome: 3 September 2017 soft release at SOAR
Location of Rescue: Des Moines, Polk County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Nest destruction
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories

Aren’t they cute?

An area business was hired by a demolition contractor to check an abandoned building for any wildlife. Lo and behold… these two nestling vultures were found. We understand that the ideal would be to leave these youngsters in place until they fledge, but that was not possible this time.


juvenile vultures

The two hatch-year 2017 turkey vultures rescued from a building at Fort Des Moines before it was leveled… have been released at SOAR. This is a soft-release technique where the door to the outside is open and they will leave when ready. Food will be provided as long as they need. This method seems to work best for us!