The spring wild turkey nesting season runs through the month of May in many Northern tier states increasing the chance that you may encounter a hen and her brood if you wander through fields and forests. This video from the Realtree.com website is not only interesting but educational because it a nature lesson in how a hen turkey protecting her young.
A Good Teaching Clip
For youngsters on those new to the outdoors, this is a great learning opportunity and a chance to teach an advanced lesson in conservation. A child or novice to the woods may think that this bird is injured and try to catch her. That’s the survival plan for the hen, yet pursuing humans can easily step on a chick or scatter the young birds so widely that they cannot reassemble to the protection of their mother.
Like Fawn Deer
As when finding a fawn that seems abandoned by its mother, the best course of action is to retreat and allow the animal to continue as nature intended. Although I have not experienced a hen turkey acting injured to lure away predators, I have seen that behavior many times with killdeer. Since these birds build an extremely basic nest of sticks and stones, their speckled eggs and young chicks are completely helpless and so well camouflaged they are easily stepped upon.
Late Spring Camping
Exploring areas off main trails is fun and exciting, yet many species of birds and mammals rear their young at this time. With an animal’s survival in the balance, its a great time to stick to trails and well traveled areas. Should you find a fledgling bird or young mammal, it’s mother is probably nearby and the best course of action is to leave it alone. Picking up a young rabbit, for example, will put human scent on its fur such that the nursing mother may reject it.
Enjoy the video and learn a lesson; https://youtu.be/CycLkyDqw70