November 21, 2007

The Adaptable Turkey

Posted by: Karyn Gregory

This Thursday, millions of Americans will enjoy that traditional Thanksgiving culinary delight: turkey (in the United States at least – Canada’s Thanksgiving is on the second Monday in October). The plucked and frozen turkey most available at the grocery store is a domestic turkey.

But did you know that thanks to reintroduction efforts, their wild cousins have returned from the brink of extinction? They are now thriving in the suburbs of New England, seven million strong! From the linked article:

"Wild turkeys have been spotted in towns and suburbs across New England—and have even been seen strolling through downtown Manhattan.

The turkeys' ability to take to these urban environments was a surprise to biologists."

- Karyn

Photo: Male North American turkey, M. gallopavo. Courtesy of Wikipedia.