Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: 
Meleagris gallopavo

The Wild Turkey is native to North America and is the heaviest member of the Galliformes family, which includes other game birds like quail, grouse and pheasant.

Adult male turkeys average 12 to 24 pounds, but can weigh as much as 30 pounds or more. Their wingspan of a male can range from 48 to 56 inches. Female turkeys are smaller than males. Despite their large size, turkeys are good fliers and can be spotted perched in trees.

Habitat: 
Wild turkeys prefer open woods and brush areas where they can forage for food.
Diet: 
Turkeys are omnivores and forage on the ground for seeds, berries and insects.
Range: 
The range of the wild turkey includes most of the Midwest and Eastern United States.
Range Map: 

Goose Creek State Park

Size: 
1327 acres

Location

Goose Creek State Park
2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889
United States
Phone: (252) 923-2191
35° 33' 37.5804" N, 77° 2' 4.524" W

Goose Creek State Park is located in Washington, North Carolina and protects coastal plain near Pamlico Sound.

Goose Creek State Park is open year round and offers plenty of opportunities for family outdoor recreation. Families can enjoy fishing for bluegill, yellow and white perch and largemouth bass. Motorboats, sailboats and paddle boats are allowed on the waters and a boat ramp at Dinah's Landing provides access.

Pinnacles National Park

Size: 
26606 acres

Location

Pinnacles National Park
5000 Hwy 146
Paicines, CA 95043
United States
Phone: (831) 389-4486
36° 29' 13.1388" N, 121° 12' 48.852" W

Pinnacles National Park is located in San Benito & Monterey Counties, California. President Theodore Roosevelt established Pinnacles National Monument in 1906 and was designated a National Park by legislation President Barack Obama signed into law on January 10, 2013. This legislation established Pinnacles as Califonia's ninth national park.

Kittatinny Valley State Park

Size: 
5656 acres

Location

Kittatinny Valley State Park
4 Lake Aeroflex Road
Newton, NJ 07860
United States
Phone: (973) 786-6445
41° 0' 38.5092" N, 74° 44' 10.8672" W

Kittatinny Valley State Park is located near Andover, New Jersey and is known for its glacial lakes and limestone outcroppings amongst the Kittatinny Mountains. The area is also known as the Great Valley and outside of the park is largely agricultural land. The park itself has varied terrain, including fields, lakes, swamps and mountains.

Stone State Park

Size: 
1322 acres

Location

Stone State Park
5001 Talbot Road
Sioux City, IA 51103
United States
Phone: (712) 255-4698
42° 32' 50.3052" N, 96° 27' 10.5156" W

Amongst the Loess Hills in western Iowa is Stone State Park. The park is located in the northwestern corner of Sioux City and is considered an Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is named for Thomas Jefferson Stone who purchased the Talbot Farm to develop into a park. The land was later sold to Sioux City, who, in turn, sold it to the state of Iowa.

Dixie National Forest

Size: 
2000000 acres

Location

Dixie National Forest
1789 N Wedgewood Lane
Cedar City, UT 84721
United States
Phone: (435) 865-3700
37° 42' 36.7776" N, 113° 3' 28.0836" W

Dixie National Forest encompasses nearly two million acres in southern Utah. Dixie is the largest national forest within the state and stretches for 170 miles between the Colorado River and Great Basin.

Custer State Park

Size: 
71000 acres

Location

Custer State Park
13329 US Highway 16A
Custer, SD 57730
United States
Phone: (605) 255-4515
43° 46' 3.9072" N, 103° 29' 39.534" W

Custer State Park is the largest and oldest state park in South Dakota. It is located in the Black Hills in the Southwestern portion of the state and is named for Colonel George Custer. The park was founded in 1912 and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads, campgrounds and dams within the park.

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area

Size: 
12814 acres

Location

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
Prospertown-Colliers Mills Road
Plumsted Township, NJ 08533
United States
Phone: (609) 758-2455 ‎
40° 6' 43.2612" N, 74° 25' 38.0028" W

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The WMA is a great example of NJ Pine Barrens habitat and provides a range of natural habitat pitch pine and scrub oak forests, swamps and lakes. Colliers Mill Lake and Success Lake are notable features of the WMA.

Cleburne State Park

Size: 
500 acres

Location

Cleburne State Park
5800 Park Road 21
Cleburne, TX 76033
United States
Phone: (817) 645-4215
32° 16' 34.05" N, 97° 31' 39.9216" W

Cleburne State Park is located in Johnson County, Texas and is named for the nearby town of Cleburne. A central feature of the park is the 116-acre spring-fed Cedar Lake and the 3-mile scenic roadway surrounding it. The park was created in the mid-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Little Buffalo State Park

Size: 
923 acres

Location

Little Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park Road
Newport, PA 17074
United States
Phone: (717) 567-9255
40° 26' 55.4604" N, 77° 10' 0.6852" W

Little Buffalo State Park is located in Centre and Juniata Townships, Pennsylvania. It is named after the Little Buffalo Creek, which is a popular family destination offering fishing and other activities.

Holman Lake is another popular attraction that offers fishing for bass, catfish and panfish. There are two boat launches providing boating access to the lake. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental and boats with electric motors are permitted in the lake.