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The tale of the turkey

November 16, 2011
By RICHARD GAST , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

As families and friends prepare for Thanksgiving feasting and holiday celebration, it seems appropriate to take a few moments to consider the story of the American wild turkey, Melagris gallopavo (eastern forest subspecies silvestris, meaning of the forest), a bird that at one time was so plentiful and so much a part of the American landscape that Benjamin Franklin asked that it be declared the United States national symbol.



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