Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The National Bird


Photo courtesy Flickr user sfbaywalk

The in-house field scientist recently came back from Eastern Washington saying, “I almost ran over a flock of turkeys, but they stood their ground, me and a couple of other cars.” Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird. Oddly enough, the birds are classified as an invasive species in Washington state.

Family oral history recounts the year my grandparents and good friends celebrated Thanksgiving together. The bird was still alive and awaiting its fate in the back yard when three basketball buddies went out to dispatch it. Hunters all, they’d been at the bourbon bottle. The bird had not. The big tom got the drop on its predators, stared them down, and the party happily ate hot dogs that day.

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