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Talking Turkey: Kids learn more about Thanksgiving's top bird

Pam Martin from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, second from left, helps Hailey Petersilie, 5, from Hoisington make a turkey decoration from a pine cone, Saturday during a class on turkeys. Participants learned such facts as why Benjamin Franklin once suggested the turkey, not the bald eagle...

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With Thanksgiving just days away, children flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday to talk turkey. Pam Martin and other staff explained the peculiarities of our favorite holiday bird, from head to toe — or snood to spur.

A group of turkeys is called a rafter, said Martin, an educator with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. One family that drove to the center for the morning class reported seeing a rafter in the fog on Bissel’s point road, just a few miles from the center.

The lexicon on turkey anatomy includes some wonderful words, Martin said ...

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