There are signs at Everglades National Park warning visitors that vultures may cause damage to vehicles. At Anhinga Trail, there is a big bin of tarps and bungees, and you are encouraged to protect your car before you go off looking at the wildlife. At other places, we noticed people hooking a white plastic bag to their windshield wipers (when it blows in the breeze, it supposedly keeps the vultures away).
We tarped our car, since it was a rental, and because there were a LOT of black vultures hanging around the parking lot – at least 50 – 75. Not ten minutes after we finished covering the car, the curious vultures started checking it out.
There are lots of theories as to why the vultures pick at the rubber seals, the windshield wipers, etc. At the end of the day, many scientists admit…they really don’t know. If you’ve read Bird Brained?, you already know that birds have under-appreciated intelligence. We believe this is another example – once they’ve eaten their fill, they’re looking for something to keep them occupied. In other words…they’re bored!