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Over 200 years ago, some of the ‘Founding Fathers’ wanted to name the Native Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) as Americas’ national symbol; but the Bald Eagle won the competition. Maybe because the eagles’ white head feathers and brown body looked like the founders’ white wigs and long brown coats. Unless the eagles back then wore white wigs, too.  Maybe to cover their baldness.  (This was before it was cool to have a shaved head.  Now all the young eagles are going for that smooth look).

So today, the humble turkey is usually neglected and forgotten – except during Thanksgiving and Christmas, when turkeys WISH they would be forgotten.

Native Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)So in honor of the Fourth of July, here’s a salute to our friend the Wild Turkey – whose destiny was forever changed because most people preferred a color-challenged, solitary bird over a sociable animal with majestic feather displays. Or as Ben Franklin once said: “(The Turkey is) a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

And that, we think, sounds rather Dandy.

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