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Tom Turkey

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

Are you all turkey’d out? It really is spectacular to think about how many Wild Turkeys have retaken their former territory in the Northeast thanks to reintroduction programs and proper management. A bird that was extirpated from Connecticut when I was a child – and I am 30 now – has been flourishing for half of my life across the state, with similar success all throughout its former range. It is a success story so recent but so incredibly effective that we gloss over it more than we should. This victory is but one of many possible if multiple organizations and groups of people work together to turn back the clock on our damaged environment, restoring a bit or two of glory at a time. Be thankful for it! And keep pushing for more species in need of help, as we do every day of the year at RTPI through numerous projects across the country and world.

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator