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Help! Baby Turkeys Are Falling Into The Pond

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Help! Baby Turkeys Are Falling Into The Pond

After the wonderful conversation I had with the Green Gardenista, I thought we had totally exhausted the topic of healthy backyard ponds. But, as the plant life grows at an alarming rate, so does the wildlife that inhabit the woods around my pond. Build a pond and they will come. It is truly amazing that without any special encouragement, mammals, birds, bugs, frogs, turtles, snakes and other creatures will just appear and join the pond party.

A Pond Story (Part 3)
Click Part 1 and Part 2 to read about the herons and snakes eating the fish in the pond.

My son, his girlfriend and I were enjoying our lunch on the deck that overlooks the pond when I noticed a strong rippling effect over the water. It was not quite a splash, but something (thought it was a frog at first) was frantically positioning itself onto a lily pad. On closer inspection, a small bird had fallen or hopped into the pond. It was madly flailing its webless feet in circles on the lily pad. To save it from drowning, he scooped it out with a fishing net and I went off to identify it. I must admit, instead of riffling through a field guide, I took the easy route and sent a picture of the small bird with large feet to my sister-in-law who is a veterinarian. She identified it as a newborn baby turkey or poult, and told us to dropper feed it a tiny bit of water and call a wildlife rehab center.

Initially, I had very little luck getting a rehab person to call me back, but the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) got right back to me. They told us to set the baby turkey back into the woods and let nature takes its course. We were worried it would die, so I called the rehabilitators again.  Eventually, a wildlife rehab person came and took the baby turkey.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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1:59AM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

strange,but interesting

11:31AM PDT on Jul 6, 2010

Info that I always wanted to know, thanks!

9:31PM PDT on Jul 5, 2010

Thanks so much for answering questions I've had about "rescue" attempts and especially the bit about animals rejecting their young because of human scent.

10:27PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

So very kind of you to share this with us! Thank you!

5:05PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

Wonderful information to know! Thank you!

3:15PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

great info thankyou for shareing

12:04PM PDT on Jul 1, 2010

Just this morning a patient of mine said a baby bird was by her front door and she did not know what to do with it. Wish I had read your article last night!!

11:03AM PDT on Jul 1, 2010

love reading your pond saga, thankyou

4:47PM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

Thanks, Charmaine. We're in the Hudson Valley, which is about two hours north of NYC. There is a picture of the edge of my pond here:

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