Obligatory Wild Turkey post. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Did you know there are six subspecies of Wild Turkey? Each of the six subspecies (eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande, Merriam's, Gould's, amd Ocellated) display different physical and behavioral characteristics. The turkey pictured in my photo is a Merriam's Wild Turkey, which are found in the mountainous regions of the western United States.
Wild Turkeys suffered drastic declines during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from hunting and habitat loss. However, intensive conservation efforts have ensured that Wild Turkeys have regained and even expanded their range. No other game bird has responded so well to the efforts of game managers.
No matter what your feast, be it turkey, tofu or chipmunk, today is a day to give thanks. Thank you for all of your amazing support along this journey. Wishing you a day filled with love from family and friends, feathered, furry or otherwise. Happy Thanksgiving! .