Happy Thanksgiving and yes, this is actually a bird-- a cousin of the Wild Turkey. But while wild turkeys now roam with abandon all over Cape Cod thanks to conservation efforts begun decades ago, this fellow with the yellow bikini top is in scarce supply.
The Greater Sage-Grouse is featured on an e-card from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They write the bird "is one of more than 90 bird species that live in the sagebrush steppe, an ecosystem at risk."
This fall, Cornell Lab supporters voted the Greater Sage-Grouse as their favorite sagebrush bird, in a poll they conducted to help bring attention to the region's conservation issues.
Unfortunately only people in the northwestern U.S. have a chance at spotting one of these magnificent creatures. And thanks to the Cornell Lab, there is hope now that continuing conversation methods will help the birds stick around for generations to come.
On Cape Cod, we can thank 18 birds reintroduced to the area at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in 1989. Since then the population blossomed to 1,000 all over the Cape.
I wish you a happy and bountiful day filled with your favorite people today.
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