Celebrating wild turkeys on Thanksgiving

For the last several months, I’ve been watching a family of wild turkeys as they meander around the hills and trails of Ashland — which makes the Thanksgiving holiday bittersweet in that so many of these beautiful animals end up on people’s plates rather than remain out in the wilderness where they belong.

In the wild, turkeys are a beautiful sight. Here are two short clips of turkeys that live on the outskirts of town:

I’m looking forward to watching this turkey family grow up — and also looking forward to a future in which all turkeys are able to live out their lives this way.