PATAGONIA REGIONAL TIMES.ORG. – For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to connect with family and community, reflect on the significance of those who came before us, and to acknowledge and celebrate our heritage. In addition to the tradition of eating turkey on this holiday, in southern Arizona we have an opportunity to observe an ancestor from which our favorite meal evolved; our local wild turkey, the Gould’s turkey.
The Gould’s turkey is one of five subspecies of wild turkeys. It was named by J. Gould while traveling in Mexico in 1856. These turkeys can be found in northern Mexico, southern New Mexico, and southern Arizona. If you are on Fort Huachuca you have a good chance of seeing Gould’s turkeys gathered in small flocks near the parade grounds. [full article]