Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey was nearly extinct by the end of the 1900s because of over hunting. In 1950s, there were about 500,000; today there are 6.8 million in North America.  Turkeys can fly and glide up to a mile and they can swim easily but are rarely seen in water.

We never tire of seeing “our” turkeys!! One day we saw a few cross the road. We watched for a while and eventually started counting as the line seemed to not end — 75 was total — the largest group we’ve counted to date. Click here to see my blog post.

The following photo shows how beautiful this bird is. This particular one we call the “Monster Turkey.” He was nearly 5′ long and weighed 30-35#!!

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