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February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Very few species-recovery attempts in Maine can boast the overwhelming success story behind the reintroduction of the wild turkey. The species had been completely extirpated from the state by the early 1800s.  A small breeding population was finally re-established in York County in the 1970s, after several earlier attempts had failed.  Today, wild turkeys can be found in abundance throughout Maine. Kelsey Sullivan, the turkey wildlife specialist at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak on wild turkey population ecology and management.  He will present the results of a three-year study, in collaboration with the University of Maine, that used radio telemetry to track turkey movements and evaluate their nesting success.

*We will make a final decision on whether it is safe to hold this meeting in person in late January.  If we are able to meet indoors at FPAC, all attendees are requested to mask regardless of vaccination status.  We request that you also maintain adequate spacing between chairs, unless you share a household.  If on the other hand the pandemic continues to run rampant in the Bangor area, we will conduct this program via Zoom.  We will let members know about the switch to Zoom at least five days in advance, via the chapter listserv (send an email request to kjzeman@hotmail.com if you wish to receive weekly updates and reminders from PVC), and also on our website, https://pvc.maineaudubon.org, both with a link to register for the Zoom program.  Maine Audubon has a 1000-person Zoom account that it shares with the chapters, so you don’t have to worry about not getting a space if you register at the last minute.


February 4
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm