Birches students begin their Thanksgiving break today. We have been talking about wild turkeys in Lincoln. One student shared this picture of his cat staring down a wild turkey in his backyard.
There are many flocks of wild turkeys in Lincoln. You can see them scratching the ground for seeds and nuts and other food, particularly at daybreak and sunset. At night they roost in large trees. In Sue Klem's book, The Nature of Lincoln, we learned that wild turkeys largely died out in Massachusetts in the mid-19th century because of hunting and deforestation. They were reintroduced in the 1970s without much success, but, after further attempts, they became well-established by the early 1990s. Now, drivers have to pay attention, as flocks of wild turkeys sometimes half-fly, half-run across Lincoln roads.