Last week I showed you some pretty cool photos of alligators in the Everglades National Park.

Today I’m going to show you photos I took of some of the best recyclers in nature: vultures!

Surprisingly these creatures are man’s best friend without you knowing it. Imagine a field of dead and decaying bodies. Now imagine what would happen if vultures didn’t exist. All of those decaying bodies would simply rot and spread disease. The vultures are here to help: they will scavenge the dead bodies and their digestive system can process all that yucky stuff!

By feeding on natures garbage the vultures help keep our environment clean by recycling rotting meat, getting rid of maggots and disease-carrying viruses. The vultures have the ability to eat dead and decaying meat because their stomach acid is so strong that, for example they can handle 100 times more botulism bacteria than humans can!

Now I bet you think that the vultures are really dirty, but actually they are very sanitary. Since they have no feathers on their head, when they dig into the dead sloppy goop their heads stay clean. Also, as strange as it seems, after standing in that sloppy goop and getting their feet and legs all dirty, they just use their strong disease-fighting urine to clean it off. Now you go figure out how they do that!

Some of the vultures at the Everglades were spreading their wings for a picture!

By the way, in the U.S.A. vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

HSUS now over 390,000 Greenopolis Recycling Points!

The Greenopolis recycling points everyone from Whole Foods left for me this week totaled 9,080! Along with the 30,000 points I donated recently, we have collected almost 40,000 Greenopolis recycling points just this summer. That’s $400 for HSUS! The grand total so far this year is 391,189 points!

Let’s set a goal for 400,000 points before August 15th! That will mean that in our second year of donating Greenopolis recycling points to the HSUS we will have made it to over $4,000. This is more than twice as much as last year!

We’re doing great! Thanks everyone!

And now…

Blog Birds of the Day!

For those of you who like to recycle, I’ve found the perfect bird for you to adopt: a rooster!

You can recycle your alarm clocks and these dependable, feathery friends will never let you be late to work. Hey, maybe your very own rooster will help you get promoted by turning you into the early bird at the office!  I think the old saying is “The early bird gets the worm.”

Here are some photos of those beautiful boys at the Agoura Animal Shelter. My mom and I even gave them names:

Here’s the link to the Agoura Animal Shelter and their phone number:
(818) 991-0071

I’ll be back next time with some more Everglades creatures!

See you later, rooster-gators!

John Monday