“My Life as a Turkey” (featured video)
Submitted by Susan Grimes
I’m sharing this video with you in hopes you will share it with others. Please wait to view it with a cup of coffee and perhaps a friend since it is lengthy but worth the time to watch each and every frame. Maybe you already know of this fellow North Florida resident, I did not but he has brought me to an even greater appreciation of how lucky we are to live up here.
I’ve included a short bio
Joe Hutto is a professional naturalist and wildlife artist. His book, Illumination in the Flatwoods; A Season with the Wild Turkey, is a collection of journal entries and drawings as a result of his experience one summer raising a flock of imprinted wild turkeys in the flatwoods of north Florida, while trying to understand their biology. Originally from Tallahassee, Joe started drawing and doing art since he was a child. As a young man, he learned to train horses and rope and cut cattle. He started his studies in wildlife biology, but switched to get a degree in anthropology from FSU. He worked as a field archeologist for the department of state for 10 years, then moved to Wyoming in 1979, where he managed a 60 thousand acre cattle ranch. He began spending time back in North Florida in 1985 and has continued to live between Sopchoppy where he is building a home, and Wyoming where he is conducting a study of Big Horn Sheep. Joe designed the Florida Wild Turkey Stamp in 1990.
It is not often that you see a wildlife video this unique and of such high quality as this one filmed by the BBC. If you have any interest in wild turkeys, if you are of Florida Cracker heritage, if you enjoy wildlife and Florida’s great outdoors then you ought to see the subject story at the following website. I am confident that you will find it very rewarding. Special note: This video does not appear to work on mobile devices. You must view from a desktop of lap top computer. Regards -DC