Project Updates

January 29, 2019

Thanks to all of you who have submitted wild turkey observations so far. If you haven’t yet had a chance to submit your observation, you have until March 31, 2019 to submit your sighting to either eBird or iNaturalist.

So far this winter we have received over 1300 observations!

Ontario-wide wild turkey observations submitted to eBird and iNaturalist so far this winter

The most northern turkey flock we have learned about (so far) is a flock of 40 individuals reported just north of Sault St. Marie.

(If you know of a flock more north than this, I’d love to hear from you!)

The most southern turkey flock we have learned about is a flock of 25 individuals reported in Point Pelee National Park.

Three beautiful males reported to iNaturalist by an anonymous observer near Ottawa, Ontario

We’ve also learned that many of Ontario’s turkeys seem to be frequent visitors of bird feeders all across the province! Like this young male enjoying bird seed in Aberdeen Township.

Photo submitted to iNaturalist by Tycho Black. Aberdeen Township.

This is probably especially true in the winter when their natural food sources become harder to access.

Photo submitted to iNaturalist by Alicia S. in Clayton, Ontario.

Some especially interesting observations include several reporting urban turkeys in three of Toronto’s parks! Turkeys are known as a generalist species, which means they can adapt to many different environments, including very urbanized areas!

Photo submitted to iNaturalist by Kathleen Pretty. Sarnia, Ontario.
A striking male with apparently no fear of cars! Photo submitted to iNaturalist by Sue Black. Mississauga, Ontario.
Four hens and a tom (an adult male turkey) hiding out from blowing winds in Aurora. Photo submitted to iNaturalist by Rae Hutchinson.

Thanks again for all of your observations so far. I look forward to even more submissions over the next couple months. Stay tuned for more updates. Happy sighting!