1. Photos
  2. Video
  3. Wenonah Vultures in the Media!
  4. Vulture Facts
  5. Vulture Poetry


    See pictures of the 2006 Festival here and here .  

    See pictures of the 2007 Festival here and here.

    See pictures of the 2008 Festival here and here

    See pictures of the 2009 Festival and various Wenonah vultures on Facebook  (no account required)


  • March 2009: This short documentary about Wenonah's vultures, entitled Roost, was created by local filmmaker Jon Craig as an entry for the International Documentary Challenge. Per the rules of the competition, it was shot and edited within 5 days. While Roost didn't win this time, our festival is pleased to be able to present Jon's team's outstanding efforts here:

Wenonah Vultures in the Media!

  • March 2009: Article, New Jersey Monthly, "Let Us Prey" by Bob Holt.
  • 2/27/2009: Article, Toronto Star, "Vulture Appreciation" by Kathryn Young.
  • 2/19/2009: Television, FOX29, "20 Things To Do For Under $20".
  • 2/17/2009: Article, Gloucester County Times, "Vulture Fest to Host New Programs" by Jessica Driscoll.
  • 2/28/2008: Article, Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ), "Wenonah Gives Vultures a Good Name" by Katie Kalvaitis, p. 5B.
  • 2/24/2008: Radio, WCTC-AM 1450 on "Animal Talk" with Suzanne Dragan; interview with festival chair Richard Dilks.
  • 2/24/2008: Article, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Best Bets: Vulture Festival" by Jennifer Wichterman, p. L4.
  • 2/13/2008: Article, Gloucester County Times, "Vulture Festival Split Into Two Separate Events" by Siobhan A. Counihan.
  • 1/16/2008: Article, Gloucester County Times, "Bird Brains: Festival Focuses on Eco-studies" by Jessica Driscoll.
  • Summer 2007: Article, ANJEC Report, "Wenonah (Gloucester) Celebrates Nature's Cleanup Crew", p. 12.
  • 3/4/2007: Radio, WCTC-AM 1450 on "Animal Talk" with Suzanne Dragan; interview with festival chair Richard Dilks.
  • March 2007: Article, New Jersey Monthly, "Look Alive" by Tom Wilk.
  • 2/21/2007: Article, Courier-Post, "Wenonah Festival Casts Vultures in New Light" by Bill Duhart.
  • 12/12/2006: Television, 6ABC Action News by Cathy Gandolfo.  (See video and transcript.)
  • 12/??/2006: Article, Gloucester County Times.
  • 11/15/2006: Article, Courier-Post, "In Wenonah, Turkey Vultures Win Respect" by Richard Pearsall.
  • 2/7/2006: Article, Philadelphia Inquirer (front page!), "Buzzards: Town Pest Is Now a Guest" by Adam Fifield.
  • 5/22/2005: Article, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Getting These Birds of Prey Out of Town's Way - And Soon" by Wendy Ruderman.
  • April 2005: Article, Wenonah Newsletter, "Vulture Culture" by Brian Hayes.

Vulture Facts

  1. Turkey vultures do not eat live animals.  They will not hurt your pets or children or prey on birds at your bird feeder.
  2. A group of vultures is called a "venue."  Vultures circling in the air are called a "kettle."
  3. Male and female turkey vultures are identical in appearance.
  4. It is illegal in the United States to keep a vulture as a pet.
  5. Circling vultures do not necessarily indicate the presence of a carcass.  Circling vultures may be gaining altitude for long flights, searching for food, or playing.

Vulture Poetry

Lessons from a Vulture

Stand up for what's yours.
Just because it smells bad, doesn't mean it is. -
Waste not, want not.
Eat your leftovers with gusto: dig in, enjoy.
Someone has to do the dirty work.
Even the most menial job, accomplished with dignity, is honorable.
Recognize death as a part of living.
Watch from a distance before making your move.
Practice patience.
Beauty is more than skin deep.
Being bald has its perks.
Air dry whenever possible.
Accept yourself as you are: it's okay to be different.
Hang out with kindred spirits.
Posing like a gargoyle is fun.  Try it.
Drink in the view from on high.
Take time to enjoy a good breeze.
Spend some time alone each day.
Move with grace.
Not everyone will appreciate your talents.
Quietly work for the good of all.

                        - Mary Redus