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Avg. High: 53° F
Avg. Low: 29° F
Max. High: 79° F (1989)
Min. Low: -12° F (1986)
Avg. Precip: 1.02
Max. Precip: 6.04" (1942)
Average Snow: 11.1"
Max. Snow: 49.3" (1969)
Max Wind: 124
Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)
Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia repens)
Reintroduction programs have enabled Wild Turkeys to gain a foothold in
Wild Turkeys strut through ponderosa pine forests of Boulder Country’s foothills, where they gather in flocks of up to fifty birds during fall and winter. They forage for insects, fruits, and seeds by day and roost in the treetops at night.
These wily birds were domesticated by North American Indians long before the pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving. Wild and semi-domesticated flocks were common until the early twentieth century, when over-hunting, European diseases, and habitat loss decimated populations. By 1930 numbers throughout
Then, hunting was severely restricted and reintroductions began. After several false starts using domestic and hybrid turkeys, which quickly earned a reputation for stupidity, researchers began using only pure-bred Wild Turkeys. The program was so successful that the National Wild Turkey Federation estimates that more than 7 million Wild Turkeys now inhabit the
Now, hearing wild turkeys gobble is a reassuring sound, and watching them lead a flock of chicks through a peaceful forest is a heartening sight. Look for them at Walker Ranch,
All photos: Steve Jones
Read Ruth Carol Cushman and Stephen Jones's Nature Almanac column in the Daily Camera "Get Out" section the first Friday of each month.
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