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Old 11-06-2009, 06:53 PM   #11
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From Gloria's link, Wild Turkey - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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. . .that turkeys can fly 40 to 55 m.p.h.
. . .that turkeys can swim.
. . .that turkeys can run 12 m.p.h.
Turkeys can swim. Did everyone know this but me? Do they swim like ducks?
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:42 AM   #12
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Turkeys can swim. Did everyone know this but me? Do they swim like ducks?
This I did not know...want to see that now.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:18 AM   #13
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My goal had been to work on a woodland edge grassland area suitable for actual songbird nesting and to provide turkey food. I did not succeed in planning this - it was frustrating. The most frustrating topic I've tried to take on. I could find nothing on what a homeowner can effectively do to help birds which require grass and food plot areas, only game land management. I still have a zillion questions.
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Grassland birds are hurting. While the trend for backyard habitat has grown this is a neglected topic IMO. It may be because it's just not practical for the homeowner. I have planted food like crazy but no nesting sites, what good is that?
This particular resource is focused on Wisconsin, but it might be helpful in your quest to learn about providing grassland habitat for birds:
NPWRC :: Managing Habitat for Grassland Birds <i>A Guide for Wisconsin</i>

There is a hard copy that used to be available from the WI DNR, but is unfortunately out of print.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:11 AM   #14
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This particular resource is focused on Wisconsin, but it might be helpful in your quest to learn about providing grassland habitat for birds.
It is helpful, thank you. Been bookmarked in the growing turkey folder.
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(hangs head in shame) We subscribe to the glossy magazine Backpacker-
Backpacker Magazine - Your Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Outdoor Gear, Adventure Travel, and Skills Magazine

In the upper right hand corner of page 22 for this month they shared some information on Wild Turkey-
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In October and November, turkeys cluster in groups of five to 20 to feed on bugs and worms as they fatten up for winter. Flocks are particularly plentiful along the Iron Mountain Trail. To spot likely habitat, look for disturbed ground and upturned leaves in small clearings in the brush, says William J. Cober, a Forest Service recreation manager. Thanksgiving's favorite fowl is harder to spot in spring, when the brids set out solo for mating season.
I have also seen turkeys cluster around a waters edge eating small frogs. Turkeys can swim. I have seen them swim to cross a small creek.
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I was bummed as dogwoods are my only mature berry plants.
Bummer. There's always next year, and now your plant is producing. But it's still dissapointing.
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Turkeys can swim. Did everyone know this but me?
I'm a non-hunter on the state board of a turkey conservation organization. My learning curve is steep. I didn't know about their swimming ability. I've heard it's incredible to witness them coming out of their roosts in trees. As a group these huge birds rocket out of the trees like cannonballs and land on the ground un-gracefully and with much racket.
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They make a racket getting up into the trees, too. Stealth birds they are not.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:02 AM   #19
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They make a racket getting up into the trees, too. Stealth birds they are not.
sounds like turkey vultures. We had some roost here and it was OMG. There were so many of them, too. Who knew there was enough dead things about to support huge herds of vultures. I won't have to ammend the soil in that area no sir. Enough vulture poop to last years.
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Turkeys are bizarre... hey... that rhymes sort of. And they do swim. First time I saw it my eyeballs almost fell out of my head. I thought what the heck, somebody had a camera on them and got this shot, Can Wild Turkeys Swim? A Surprising Encounter on North Platte River in Wyoming - kayak photography
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