Guest Author - Lisa Shea
Thanksgiving is a traditional time for turkey dinners and a nice bottle of wine. Did you know that some turkeys come pre-marinated? The vineyard managers aren't happy about it, either!
Wild turkeys were once endangered - but thanks to incredible efforts by sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts in the 50s and 60s, the populations of wild turkeys have rebounded to record heights. While this is great news for birders, this is not-so-great news for anyone who grows grapes.
It turns out that turkeys LOVE wine grapes - and they are very discriminating. They don't go for the cheap stuff. Oh, no. They go right for the most expensive grapes first, eagerly munching away. Some wineries lost up to half of their crops in 2003 due to overzealous turkey tasting.
Wineries have tried putting up netting, setting up scary sounds, patrolling the grounds and more. Turkeys are extremely crafty and find ways to get around barriers and through nets. Then they waddle off, full of grapes, and quite content.
So the next time you admire that turkey, whether it's in the wild or as part of a celebration, raise a glass of wine in toast to nature's wine enthusiast!
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