Andy Schatschneider | I Want to Know
Why do turkeys fan their feathers?
This time of year, there are lots of turkeys out and about, strutting their stuff, tail feathers fanned out in a beautiful display. So why do turkeys do this?
It's mating season, and the male turkeys, called gobblers or toms, spread their tail feathers as a way to make themselves more attractive to the females, or hens. Strutting, as the mating behavior is called, also includes toms making their distinctive gobble sounds and extending their wing feathers, letting the tips of their wings drag on the ground.
The turkey mating season starts in late March/early-April and usually extends well into May, and the spring turkey hunting season is timed to coincide with it. Hunters typically make calls pretending to be hens in order to lure the male turkeys so they can be hunted. The spring turkey season ends the third week in May.
During the spring turkey season, only male turkeys or bearded female turkeys can be harvested. According to Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources, about 10 percent of female turkeys have beards, which makes it difficult to distinguish them from their male counterparts.
What do you want to know? Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How fast can the Pedal Tavern go?
- How far can the 'Bike Doc' throw a bike?
- Are plastic bottle caps really recyclable?
- What on earth is a 'Mac-and-Cheese Wurst'?
- How much trash did Adopt-A-Highway program pick up in 2013?
- How do you get rid of Eurasian water-milfoil?
- Who designs the annual state park stickers?
- Is there a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Waukesha County?
- Where are Lunt and Fontanne laid to rest?
- Is professional wrestling for real?
- Where can I get my motorcycle blessed?
- Why is this tree smiling at me?
- Exactly how fast is 'freaky fast' at Jimmy John's?
- What do the "Throttle Down in Town" signs in Delafield mean?
- What was the first book shelved at the Delafield Public Library?
- What does Starbucks do with its used coffee grounds?
- How do you saw someone in half?
- How can hardwood floors be protected from winter salt damage?
- How much did SummerStage raise with Winter Gala?
- How does Revere's make the shamrock on their Guinness pints?
Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
Celebrate Lake Country
communities with stories
Do you have news or a nonprofit event that you would like to share with the community? Whether it's a community organization, a business, a local school, or a notable neighbor, we'd love to hear about it.
- The Dog Sanctuary
- Randy Kernats, Pewaukee School District, Wins Safety Challenge
- Schauer Center Welcomes New Dance Instructors
- Hamilton offers drivers’ education
- Schauer Center Welcomes 2014-15 Board of Trustees
- 2014 Juried Senior Exhibition
- Swim Team Presents
- Kids From Wisconsin Oconomowoc Performance
Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.
LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!
View All Blogs
Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog