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Fri August 2, 2013
Order in the Turkey Roost
"Fieldnotes," August 4th & 5th, 2013: "Wild Turkey Hierarchy," by Jim Giese (read by Allison de Jong). http://www.montananaturalist.org/
"Once in the trees, a dance began. The turkeys would leap from branch to branch, trying to get higher and higher - or so I thought. I began to wonder if the social hierarchy, so well established for turkeys while on the ground, carries to the roost. Was it possible that the ideal place in a tree could be the middle, high enough from land-based predators, yet low enough from any threats from the night skies?"