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January 17, 2009

Usually when I walk into Central Park I am not immediately settled as to which path I should take.

Central Park is for the most part very drab, since its caretakers appear to consume themselves in keeping the pathways and even the trees so prim that they suck all the character from the naturally beautiful things which greet a passing gazer.

Happily there are animals which bring the trees alive and happy when any of those little creatures land on their branches or scuttle up their sides.

And as for those same little animals, they light up my life and make waking into this world each day the only thing worthwhile.

So as I scan the rigid benches, cold fences and unfeeling buildings my heart is listless until I see the eyes of my first little friend.

And for the next few hours, dictated by the sunlight, I frolic in their world and curse the time when I must return to my own.

When the sunlight ultimately disappears and I get that miserable feeling, I am consoled by the thought of their happy dreams perched safely up in that comfortable tree,

and of my own little orange and white bundle of joy waiting to greet me when I get home.

All images above photographed on Saturday January 17, 2009.

January 16, 2009
Hi Lincoln,

I just heard that the turkey was removed from the park and will now be relocated to Pelham Bay Park. We were chatting about this after Christmas when Dan Weaver was talking about it at the feeders. I really liked seeing it around and, as you said, it was doing fine where it was. Such a shame - I'm bummed about this.

Just thought I'd pass along my 2 cents.


Hi Lincoln,

Here is info from Regina Alvarez about the turkey - she sent this to a few folks this past week (Tuesday?) or so):

Hello All -

The turkey that has been living in CP for the past several months was apparently captured the other day by a member of the public who believed it would starve to death or freeze. The turkey was taken by this unknown person to Animal Care and Control, who in turn brought the turkey to a wildlife rehabilitator in Brooklyn.

The Rangers were all set to bring the turkey back to Central Park, but the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has ordered the wildlife rehabilitator to reintroduce the bird to Pelham Bay Park, where there is already a flock of turkeys. The other option she was given was to euthanize the bird. She must comply with DEC or she risks losing her license.

The Rangers will work with her to release the bird in Pelham.

As always, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to call or email me.


Regina V. Alvarez
Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management
Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street
New York City, NY 10022

Note from me:

The turkey was in perfect health and was able to fly and perch high in trees. I would like to know who this 'member of the public' was and what right they gave themselves to handle a healthy wild animal.
I called the Urban Park Rangers last week when I heard about this and was told by a very senior person that they were not informed about this and was not involved in the removal of this turkey.

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