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Vote for These Wild Turkeys

An alternative choice for today’s election.

Go wild! Vote for the weirdly beautiful wild turkeys of Alameda. They deserve widespread voter support because they favor open space, the urban forest, and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Despite an overabundance of feathers—as many as 6,000 on each bird—they mostly get around by walking, even though they can fly short distances and sometimes perch in trees to avoid predators.

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Wild turkey in the middle of the flower landscaping in front of the O’ Club. Photo Richard Bangert.

These birds campaign as a family, reflecting strong family values. They don’t need lawn signs or mailers. Their presence says everything about them. They’re easy to talk to and never put on airs. They naturally love our parks, such as the O’ Club at Alameda Point where they were recently seen foraging for one of their favorite food groups—green grass—while canvassing the neighborhood. When the family of seven finished grazing on the lawn and sampling a few flower petals, they quickly moved across the street to the shaded green area next to one of the “Big Whites” residences.

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Wild turkeys foraging for grass in front of the O’ Club at Alameda Point on Sunday. They favor the shaded green areas. Photo Richard Bangert

A related turkey species, the Californian turkey (Meleagris californica), is a species that became extinct about 10,000 years ago. “The present Californian wild turkey population derives from wild birds reintroduced during the 1960s and ’70s from other areas by game officials,” according to Wikipedia. They proliferated after 2000 to become an everyday sight in the East Bay by 2015.

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Male wild turkey with tassel-like appendage called a beard protruding from its chest. Photo Richard Bangert.

Wild turkeys can work across the isle, and strongly support a robust Urban Forest Plan, a proactive Climate Action Plan, a pedestrian-friendly Transportation Plan, and species diversity. Go out on a limb and vote for three out of the seven turkeys. Ranked Choice Voting not yet available.

Contributing writer Richard Bangert posts stories and photos about environmental issues on his blog Alameda Point Environmental Report, All photos by Richard Bangert.

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