Wild turkeys make a home in Sonoma County

A lot gets said about the fate of American turkeys this time of year, what with the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner and the central role they play in it.

But if biologists have it right, it's actually a brilliant time of year to be a turkey in the wild, where their job just now is to fatten up for the winter, much like many humans do.

Wild turkeys in Sonoma County


This is the season in which wild turkey toms, hens and their yearlings flock together and feast upon any delicacies they can find - gleaning whatever might be left in the vineyards and scooping up acorns, insects, herbaceous grasses, berries and pretty much anything else.

They're omnivores, and they're opportunistic, so they'll take whatever they can get, partly accounting for their remarkable proliferation around the North Bay and the rest of California in recent decades.

And in Sonoma County and surrounding areas, they have the perfect environment: Open grasslands and rolling oak woodlands, said Scott Gardner, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game.

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