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Mitzi Jones captured these two male Gould's turkeys strutting in her backyard in the Huachuca Mountains of southeast Arizona.

Gobble, Strut and Wattle: We’re Talking Turkey

4/22/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Most everyone is at least a little familiar with the wild turkey. The bird’s signature gobble is easily recognizable, and many people know the story of Ben Franklin pushing for the wild turkey to be the national bird. If nothing […] Read more >

Kathie Lee and Hoda and a wild turkey from NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski's latest Today Show appearance.

Attempted Turkey Escape Sends Today Show Hosts Ducking for Cover

11/25/2013 // By David Mizejewski

For my monthly appearance on the Today Show this November, I kept with the annual tradition of bringing on a wild turkey and other North American wildlife in celebration of one of our most American holidays, Thanksgiving. Here’s the segment. […] Read more >

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6 Tips for Feeding Wild Turkeys with Your Garden

11/22/2013 // By Danielle Brigida

Turkeys are some of the most recognizable birds in this country. Holidays like Thanksgiving give us great excuses to learn more than recipes about turkeys and discuss their intriguing history, make turkey-inspired crafts and memorize amusing trivia. As these fascinating and adaptable birds are […] Read more >

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Let’s Talk Turkey: Conservation, Traditions, and Turkey Season

5/29/2013 // By Rachel Dawson

As the unofficial start of summer rolls in, and brings with it all the excitement of family barbeques and weekends in the sun, I’m actually pretty bummed.  For me, it’s much less the beginning of a new season—but the end […] Read more >

Rio Grande Wilid Turkey puffing out his feathers. U.S. FWS photo by Robert Burton.

Let’s Talk Turkey: The History of a Wild Icon in America

11/19/2012 // By Sterling Miller

The turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is one of wildlife conservation’s greatest success stories. Unlike the accomplishment of cooking up a delicious stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving, this success story is about wild turkey. In the early 19th Century the wild turkey was reduced […] Read more >

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Wild Thanksgiving on Today Show

11/23/2011 // By David Mizejewski

Here’s the clip of National Wildlife Federation’s Today Show segment in celebration of Thanksgiving. In keeping with the theme, I of course brought on a wild turkey.  I wanted to show viewers the wild version of the domestic bird that […] Read more >

Twelve Unusual and Fascinating Facts About Wild Turkeys

11/20/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

This Thanksgiving holiday many of us will join with family and friends for a big meal and, for 50 million households, that will also mean having some roasted turkey.  Most folks know that the turkeys we eat are a domesticated […] Read more >

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Eight Wild Animal Species the Pilgrims Ate—and How They Are Today

11/18/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The Pilgrims’ first thanksgiving celebration (which lasted three days) probably took place in mid October 1621, after an unexpectedly bountiful harvest. The newcomers invited local Indians—who had given them a lot of useful advice on farming—to join them. According to […] Read more >