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The Perry Park


                                                                            NOVEMBER 2017

        Happy Turkey Day                                          probably be pleased to know that eventually we developed

                                                                  a national Turkey Day, sometimes called Thanksgiving.

        Given the number of wild turkeys among us these days, it   So in honor of the turkey—and of Ben Franklin—here is
        seems a shame to cook and eat their brothers and sisters.    his irreverent assessment of our national bird:
        They have become our neighbors, after all.  I find them
        entertaining---the hens bustling about nervously, flitting    “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been
        from one group to the next with hot news, the toms strut-  chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of
        ting endlessly, trying desperately (and usually futilely) to   bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly.
        keep their women in line...  Almost human, right?         You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near
                                                                  the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches
        Actually, rumor has it that if Benjamin Franklin had had   the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent
        his way, the wild turkey would have become our national   Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his
        bird. That’s not quite true. He thought the bird on the pro-  Nest for the Support of  his Mate and young Ones, the
        posed seal looked more like a turkey than a bald eagle—   Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
        and it’s obvious he was NOT fond of eagles!  He would                                      Continued on page 3

                                                                                     Photo by Pati Palumbo
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