Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys

Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)

Since turkeys figured prominently in many of our meals yesterday (and will figure in many meals in the days to come), it seemed like a good idea to spend some time today celebrating the wild turkey. You might have seen the PBS Nature program “My Life as a Turkey” last week. If you missed it, I commend it for your viewing. (You can watch it here.)

Today I’m sharing some “fun facts” about turkeys from the “My Life as a Turkey” site.

There are five subspecies of Wild Turkey in North America.

Male turkey’s weigh between 11 and 25 pounds, females, 5-12 pounds.

Turkeys can run up to 25 mph and fly at 55 mph.

A turkey has 5000-6000 feathers. (give or take).

Turkeys can make at least 30 different calls.  In the Nature episode,  Joe Hutto remarks about the extent of a Turkeys vocabulary.

The North American Turkey was quite the world traveler. Aztec turkeys were taken to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors. These turkeys became very popular throughout Europe. English colonists brought those turkeys with them to America. You can find out more about this, here.

Enjoy two short clips from “My Life as a Turkey”

A New Mother

grasshopper run

To write about turkeys around Thanksgiving is obvious and even cliché. But spending some time thinking about turkeys also reminded me how often I don’t look, really look at what is around me. I am surrounded by fascinating, complex beings of all sorts who I take for granted- if I notice them.

To end: here is a quote from Calvin (and Hobbes)

Calvin:     Wow, it really snowed last night! Isn’t it wonderful?
Hobbes:   Everything familiar has disappeared! The world looks brand-new!
Calvin:     A new year, a fresh clean start!
Hobbes:   It’s like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on!
Calvin:     A day full of possibilities. It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring.

(Calvin’s last statement in the final installment of Calvin and Hobbes)


4 thoughts on “Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys

  1. Great post, Nancy, and love the quote from Calvin & Hobbes. I’ve been going through my collection this year again as well. Some great insight into ecology and consumerism in some of those strips – happy belated Thanksgiving, Ben

  2. Although I know I’m late (I was out of town) – but a great post for the day .. after all, the only one I saw with facts about turkeys. Hope you had a bountiful holiday weekend.

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