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On Saturday, November 20 at 2PM, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host a Zoom presentation focusing on the history of Wild Turkeys in Connecticut.  Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist with the CT DEEP, will provide an overview of wild turkeys in early America, their habitats, eating habits, mating rituals and offspring.  She will also explain and dispel the rumor that Ben Franklin insisted our national symbol be the wild turkey.

Wild Turkeys were abundant when settlers first came to America. It was said their numbers in the original 13 Colonies and much of the East Coast was in the millions. But their numbers rapidly dwindled through hunting, severe winters, and habitat loss so that they were rare by the 1850s. Restoration efforts beginning in the 1970s with the capture of free-roaming wild turkeys from other areas of the U.S. helped re-establish Connecticut’s wild turkey population, as well as numbers in New England.  It is now common to see Wild Turkeys when driving around Connecticut; their population is healthy and growing.

Ginny Apple is a resident of Barkhamsted and is a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Her house is within Peoples State Forest where she observes a large population of Black Bears, supplying field notes and photographs of them to DEEP biologists.  As an MWC she also serves as a Bald Eagle interpreter for the Shepaug Dam Eagle Viewing area and the Essex Steam Train’s Eagle Flyer. Just to keep her creative juices percolating, Ginny has a side business, Murder Without Pain, where she writes murder mystery games based on historical subjects and runs them at country inns, corporate parties, and fundraisers.

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