Turkey. It is more than just another paltry poultry this week; it's a full blown obsession. The birds have been elevated to icon status, and, like any good American icon, we like them best when they’re dead.
Here is some science, technology, and history of the bird that you may not have heard about.
1. Settlers nearly annihilated the wild turkey population in North America. By 1940, their numbers dwindled to about 20,000. In what is billed as one of the most significant wildlife restoration successes, there are now 7 million wild turkeys across North America, more than double the National Wild Turkey Foundation’s estimate of the number of wild-turkey hunters.
Photo courtesy of National Wild Turkey Federation.