FRIDAY FUN FINDS. We learn more about our winged quarry in today’s Outdoors Roundup, checking out the life of a wild turkey, a new stunning movie on ducks in the Prairie Pothole region and the results of West Nile studies on ruffed grouse.
Featured Photo: GOBBLERS. A trio of turkeys work the edge of a snow-trimmed slough near Judson. According to the NWTF, the average lifespan of a hen is three years, and four for a tom. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 11/15 – Rising Wind – Hi 38, Lo 22, Wind SE@10, G20
Tomorrow: Sat 11/16 – Calm Morning – Hi 40, Lo 30, Wind NW@14, G24
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:40PM 10:51AM 2:49AM 3:17PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (91% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 10:00-11:00AM. Moonset will finish off the morning with a good Edge Hour prior to winds picking up.
THAT’S LIFE. While many farm turkeys will find their end on a table in a couple of weeks, the lives of wild turkeys are far different. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) takes a look at those things which affect the life expectancy of Ben Franklin’s national bird.
DUCKS TO THE MAX. A new IMAX film showcases the duck producing power of the Prairie Pothole region. Wings Over Water, produced with the help of Ducks Unlimited, focuses on the need to preserve the sloughs, small lakes and waterways of the region which support so many species of waterfowl and other birds.
*COUGH* *COUGH*. The Ruffed Grouse Society has obtained and released the results coming from a study on the impact of West Nile virus on populations of the birds in the Great Lakes Region. While about 13% of birds taken in Minnesota and Michigan had contracted the disease, 29% of those sampled in Wisconsin were stricken with it.