Did you know that turkeys communicate their emotions by way of color changes in the skin on their necks, faces and snoods (the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak)? And that a turkey’s snood turns bright red when he is upset or during courtship? This is just one of the fascinating facts about America’s favorite holiday bird being revealed by Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, just in time for Thanksgiving. Having rescued more than 1,000 turkeys since 1986 and provided lifelong care for hundreds at their two world-renowned shelters located in Watkins Glen, New York and Orland, California, the organization is recognized as a foremost expert on these sensitive, intelligent and thoroughly fascinating birds.
Those who don’t know a snood from a wattle (the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin) are sure to be intrigued by the following little-known turkey facts:
To learn more about these fascinating birds, be sure to check out the new Turkey Talk episode of Farm Sanctuary’s Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary video series. In this short, entertaining video, National Shelter Director Susie Coston introduces viewers to some special birds in the organization’s New York Shelter flock and talks a whole lot of turkey!
Instead of slicing up a factory farmed, tortured bird this T-giving, why not celebrate a new tradition? Host a vegan Thanksgiving. Or hit up a vegan retreat like this one if you are too lazy to cook and want to be around like-minded individuals;
Giving Thanks: 17th Annual Jivamukti Yoga Retreat Nov. 25-28, 2010 Led by Julie Kirkpatrick & Jules Febre @ Ananda Ashram, Monroe, NY. Your Thurs.-Sun. “Giving Thanks” experience begins with a delicious, home-cooked dinner Thursday, Nov. 25th. Additional highlights include: Jivamukti Asana classes twice daily, Sanskrit classes, Evening programs with world renowned musicians & teachers, Meditation, traditional fire ceremony. For more information or to register email Purnima, firstname.lastname@example.org Or call (212) 353-0214, ext. 205. Also visit the Jivamukti Yoga website: www.jivamuktiyoga.com, look under “events” Early bird special: : $360 *Transportation and accommodations are not included. *To book your room, please contact Ananda Ashram directly: 845-782- 5575 Ananda Ashram, 13 Sapphire Road, Monroe, NY 10950: The Ashram atmosphere supports natural healing, study and exploration of the deeper aspects of life.
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