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Bird’s the Word
Keeping up with the peripatetic East Side Turkey.


Turkey photo from Shutterstock

Believe it or not, wild turkey sightings were rare in Wisconsin prior to 1976, when the state Department of Natural Resources began rebuilding populations weakened by lost habitats and unregulated hunting. Since then, the noble gobbler has grown to the point of making inroads into our urban jungle, where watchers breathlessly share chance encounters on social media. “The Eastside Turkey” page on Facebook serves as a clearinghouse for all things city bird – from the titular turkey's musings to a busy schedule of appearances.

TURKEY RECON 2013

OLD NORTH POINT WATER TOWER

3 TURKEYS (SEPT. 15)

WAHL AVENUE

5+ TURKEYS (SEPT. 7)

LAKE DRIVE

6 TURKEYS (SEPT. 6)

RIVERWEST PARKING LOT

1 TURKEY (AUG. 13)

ALLEY NEAR OAKLAND AND FARWELL

1 TURKEY (APRIL 30)

ON TOP OF A HOUSE NEAR FARWELL AND KANE

1 TURKEY (APRIL 22)

OUTSIDE LAKESIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL

1 TURKEY (APRIL 10)

TERRACE AVENUE

2 TURKEYS (APRIL 7)

BRADY STREET

1 TURKEY (FEB. 7)





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