Saturday, May 6, 2023

Turkey Helpers

I walked around my garden beds last week, hoping to see signs of my Jefferson twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) emerging from the leaf litter, but it wasn't showing through at all. I decided not to uncover it, but instead wait for it to emerge on its own.

Lo and behold, a day later, it was uncovered and showing its new growth - it had been aided by turkeys rifling through the leaf litter for grubs and seeds.

Wow! I was amazed. Maybe this is one of the ways in which ecosystems left alone manage to thrive and survive, naturally. Nature doesn't need our "help" - be ecologically responsible, and leave the leaves!

And no, this wasn't the kind of wild turkey that inspired this post!

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