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Wild turkey male: How handsome (and colorful!) can you get?

Wild turkey, male, photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, California
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Now that’s one VERY handsome (and colorful!) male wild turkey! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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Farm Sanctuary: Celebrate Thanksgiving with the turkeys!

Turkey dinner. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur, Farm Sanctuary
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I look forward to getting this press release every year. What can be more fun than celebrating Thanksgiving with the turkeys? What a blast! /Gary

ORLAND, Calif. – Nov. 17 – Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, will host its annual Celebration FOR the Turkeys at its shelter in Orland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21. At this popular event, part of the organization’s national Adopt-A-Turkey Project, participants gather to celebrate a cruelty-free Thanksgiving.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
Under: Farm Animals, wild turkeys | 1 Comment »

Wild Turkeys: Are they taking over? Help me with this quick survey.

Wild turkeys on a Sunday stroll. Photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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Just about every day I get a call or e-mail from someone complaining about wild turkeys in their yard, on their roof, on top of their car, gobbling up their garden, blocking traffic on their way to work … the list of complaints is endless.

Can you please help me with this quick little survey so we can try and find out just how wide-ranging this wild turkey problem is?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Under: Survey, wild turkeys | 39 Comments »

Wild Turkeys: Any humane ways to keep them out of yards?


I’m getting a LOT of mail about wild turkeys waddling into backyards and gobbling up everything in sight — gardens, lawns, flowers — and of course leaving BIG messes behind.

Does anyone have any humane solutions for dealing with this problem?

Nothing to hurt the turkeys in any way, just keep them out of yards. Thanks. /Gary

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008
Under: wild turkeys, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

Wild turkeys: Guess what’s eating them?

Dear Gary:
My friend Rodger Hartwell pointed out that in his neck of the woods, they are noticing mountain lions eating wild turkeys — something they have not seen before.

So I might suppose the same thing might be happening in the hills around Rossmoor in Walnut Creek (where there are a LOT of wild turkeys! /Gary). Rodger had been wondering what was going to come of the increasing wild turkey population. One predator has now stepped up.
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Posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2008
Under: Mountain lion, wild predators, wild turkeys | 4 Comments »

Recipe for a Wild Turkey?

I just finished browsing through my November 2006 copy of "the Quail," the monthly newsletter from Mount Diablo Audubon Society. On the bottom of page 6 was a recipe for "Orange-Glazed Roast Turkey, adapted from Sunset Magazine." The recipe is illustrated with a big photo of a Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

That’s definitely a new approach to bird watching.

(Just kidding. MDIA is one of my favorite local organizations. The next general meeting is 7 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Camellia Room of The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Stop by and meet at bunch of neat birders. Speaker is photographer Stephen Joseph who will share his photos and adventures putting together a soon-to-be-published book of artistically composed prints of the flora collected by John Muir.)

Posted on Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
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Is There Wildlife in Your Backyard Ecosystem?

Do you have wild creatures (birds, opossums, skunks, raccoons, wild turkeys, etc.) prowling around or living in your backyard? Sure you do. That’s why I’m writing this.

Please grab your cameras, take pictures of your wild visitors and send them to me. I’m writing a front page story about your wild neighbors for a Sunday early next year (not far away) and would like to use your photographs to illustrate it. Wouldn’t that be fun? It will also be more natural.

I know a lot of you are already taking these kinds of pictures because you often send them to me. So now we need to get serious about it. I’ll explain more about my plans, including deadlines and the publication date, as I figure them out.

Start shooting away now and post your photos in our Contra Costa Times Pets & Wildlife reader photoblog at You may post your photos anonymously. However, if you’d like us to consider using your shots in my story, please either register and login before submitting your photos or, if you do post anonymously, send me a separate e-mail ( to let me know which image you’ve submitted. If you don’t do e-mail, mail your photos to: Gary Bogue, c/o The Times, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Be sure and hold onto an original digital or film copy of any photos you submit. Thanks!

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
Under: Animals, Ecosystem, Raccoons, wild birds, wild turkeys, Wildlife, Yard | 6 Comments »

Anybody Seen Any Wild Turkeys Lately?

Dear Gary:

Some time ago you were asking about wild turkey sightings and we had one female that occasionally appeared in North Berkeley, north of the Cal campus. Last saw her about 2 years ago. I was driving to work about 8:45 a.m. this morning (Oct. 26) and there was a huge flock (15-20) of wild turkeys at a street corner about 6 blocks north of campus. Traffic stopped while they debated at length, then finally the whole flock crossed the street, in the crosswalk, and leisurely headed west. They were all about the same size. Didn’t notice any males, but OBVIOUSLY there must be some around. (Mary Durantini, Berkeley)

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2005
Under: Animals, wild turkeys, Wildlife | No Comments »