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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Prepare Now for Turkey Day

(Turkey from Classic Maya vase)

In our family, Thanksgiving is Turkey Day. Since 2004, I've been taking the kids out each Thanksgiving to look for Wild Turkeys before the food festivities. In fact, the 2004 chase was my very first Birdchaser post!

Some years we find the birds, sometimes we don't. But every year it is an adventure, and a great way to celebrate the natural world. Back in the early 1900s, there were only 30,000 Wild Turkeys running around out there. Now there are over 5 million of them. So Wild Turkeys can symbolize the hope we have for restoring and protecting our native birds, and the rest of our natural heritage.

Celebrate Turkey Day by taking someone you love out to look for Wild Turkeys where you live. If you don't have turkeys in your area, you can substitute some other cool (preferably gallinaceous) bird. And it will be more fun if you can actually find them, so now is the time to start scouting out local turkey haunts so you can get in the same groove as your local turkey flock.

Have fun and let me know how it goes :-)


Kimberly Ann Petersen said...

Yeah, so I want to EAT a wild turkey. :)

Anonymous said...

That is a great idea. We spend the day honoring the peoples and tribes who lived here before the Europeans arrived. T-day is a great day to be in DC. The city is virtually empty, peaceful, quiet, and the National Museum of the American Indian (actually, Indians of the Americas) is a great place to visit when it isn't packed full of screaming kids.

But I have a question, oh Birdchaser? How do vegans pursue your terrific tradition? Wild tofurkeys are quite rare around here.

Sheila said...

The turkey I have to watch for in the spring and summer. The hen likes to bring her chicks into the fresh mowen field after bugs. So when walking dogs need to look way ahead of dogs for them and stear the dogs in another direction. I may only see a dark lump of brown different that usual, the hen laying flat out over her chicks.

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