This month's bird has quite a story beginning with the myth that it lost to the Bald Eagle as the USA national bird.
November Bird of the Month Fundraiser
By Gloria Ferris, WCAS Board Member & Fundraising, Chair
This month's WCAS conservation Bird of the Month is the Wild Turkey.
Our goal each month is at a minimum $100. These funds help us defray the expenses of bringing virtual programs, presentations and other events to us all until once again we can gather face to face.
This month's bird has quite a story beginning with the myth that it lost to the Bald Eagle as the USA national bird. The truth is that Ben Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter complaining that the original eagle design looked more like a turkey than an eagle.
Although bald eagles and peregrine falcons receive more attention for their recovery from near extinction, the wild turkey may just be the most amazing comeback story of all.
Turkeys were hunted for their meat and feathers, and it was thought that their abundance was unlimited. By the 19th century, their numbers had dwindled to 30,000 due to hunting and logging to clear land. And, where they once roamed 39 states, they were now not found in 18 at all.
Led by Theodore Roosevelt, other conservationists, scientists and hunters joined together to control logging and hunting which were bringing the wild turkey to the brink of extinction. The Forest Service was established. Protected areas were created. Game laws were passed and enforced.
Years before the Endangered Species Act the turkey single handedly started the quest to preserve and protect habitat for birds and wildlife. Now, their numbers approach 7 million. They now are part of our urban landscape here in Northeast Ohio.
Flocks are seen in the suburbs looking for acorns and insects among the large oak trees. In the city of Cleveland they usually travel alone or in pairs. No matter how or where they are a welcome sight.
Why not take a minute to donate some dollars in the name of the comeback kid of birds?
The Bird-of-the-Month Photo Contest November 2020: Wild Turkey also celebrates this bird that looks a bit gangly and myopic, yet, for some reason as you see it strut down a city street like it owns it. It appears majestic and in charge.
A photo of this bird in flight, roosting, eating or walking through a patch of woods is sure to bring some murmurs of admiration.
Make a donation to the Bird-of-the-Month Fundraiser at the link below or make checks payable to Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society. Mail to: Nancy Howell, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Treasurer, 19340 Fowles Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130.
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