For Science Sunday this week, we decided to go on a turkey hunt.
The children were slightly disappointed to discover I meant for it to be a turkey spotting expedition, and we weren't actually going to shoot a wild turkey. But, their enthusiasm returned when we spotted a small flock, crossing the road, on the outskirts of town.
According to the Montana Field Guide, wild turkeys are not native to our state, but were introduced. They seem to be thriving now though.
And, they gave us a very fine display of camouflage in action. Can you spot the turkey in the picture below?
How about now?
On the way home we stopped by the library, where I picked up Jim Arnosky's I'm a Turkey. It's a factual picture book (though a little sparse on facts), that reads like a story, with lots of fun illustrations...
...and it will hold us over nicely, until Dorothy Henshaw Patent's, fact filled, Wild Turkeys, arrives in from a partner library. From what I've seen of this Rookie Reader, on Amazon's instant view, I don't think we'll be disappointed.
We also found quite a few interesting, and useful facts from Gary Clancy's Wild Turkey, which is not for children, but for hunters. On page 8 (you can view it on Google Books, here), there is an excellent, labeled, photograph of the beard, dewlap, snood, and caruncles of a turkey.
And, just in case you still want to know more, here are a few of the turkey facts we've picked up so far:
- An adult male is called a Tom, or a Gobbler (females don't gobble).
- An adult female is called a Hen.
- A juvenile male is called a Jake.
- A juvenile female is called a Jenny.
- A baby turkey is a Poult.
- Turkeys roost in trees at night.
- They can fly, but not very far.
- They run about 12 mph, but can put on a burst of speed up to 35 mph (these numbers vary widely, depending on what you are reading).
- Females lay 10-18 eggs at a time, which take 28 days to hatch.
For more fun with science, check out this week's Science Sunday link-up, at Adventure's in Mommydom.
It's great to be a homeschooler.