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Wild Turkeys: Why They Gobble, Why They Dust & More of Their Ways
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wild Turkeys were abundant when settlers first came to America. It was said their numbers in the original 13 Colonies and much of the East Coast was in the millions. But their numbers rapidly dwindled through hunting, severe winters and habitat loss so that they were rare by the 1850s. Restoration efforts beginning in the 1970s with the capture of free-roaming Wild Turkeys from other areas of the U.S. helped re-establish Connecticut’s Wild Turkey population, as well as numbers in New England. It is now not uncommon to see Wild Turkeys when driving around Connecticut. Their population is healthy and growing.
Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple will discuss Wild Turkeys, their role in early America, their habitats, eating habits, mating rituals and offspring. She will also explain and dispel the rumor that Ben Franklin insisted our National Symbol be the Wild Turkey.
A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations.Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural. A move to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted over a 13 years ago brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.