Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Wild turkeys a conservation success story

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

by Cathy Shiga-Gattullo
Poughkeepsie Journal

While many people associate domesticated turkeys with the Thanksgiving holiday, our local wild turkeys are remarkable birds with a rich history.
 
Wild turkeys are native to North America and were plentiful throughout much of the continent until overhunting and deforestation reduced their numbers in the 1800s, and by 1900, only 30,000 wild turkeys remained. Fortunately, hunting regulations and forest regeneration have allowed wild turkeys to flourish again, and there are now more than seven million birds strong and are found in every state except Alaska. Read more...