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Episode 4: Turkey 473: The Southern Chick Who Sported a Beard and Was a Truck Junkie – Wild Animals

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Episode 4: Turkey 473: The Southern Chick Who Sported a Beard and Was a Truck Junkie
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Even before he launched a rocket net over her head, Dr. Chamberlain knew Turkey 473 was a special bird because she sported a big beard (which is very unusual for hens). After outfitting her with a radio transmitter, Chamberlain tracked 473 for more than two years, monitoring her nesting behavior, and learning how turkeys avoid, or fail to avoid, their many predators. One year her nest seemed positioned at the ideal place to watch for Chamberlain’s approaching field truck, which seems like it would make his work easier, but actually threatened to derail the research.

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