Wild Turkeys

A few months back, my husband and I watched an amazing show on PBS depicting how naturalist and writer Joe Hutto raised a brood of wild turkey chicks, imprinting himself as their “mother.”

Rather than hearing my second-hand impressions, here is a preview:

Curious? Click here to view a longer introduction, or here to view the entire documentary.

Here is another link where you can read a fascinating interview with Joe Hutto describing how the documentary came about and how they were able to recreate his remarkable experience.

wild turkeysHutto chronicled his experiences in a book called “Illumination in the Flatwoods.” I haven’t read it yet, but it’s definitely on my TBR list. In the interview above, the interviewer mentions the spiritual impact felt while watching the documentary and Hutto confirmed that the whole experience had indeed had a strong spiritual component. Illumination indeed.


  1. November 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I needed this today.

  2. January 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I am so glad you saw the special, which I missed. I was fortunate to read Joe Hutto’s book when it first appeared and to hear him speak. His flatwoods woods region is not far from us in North Flordia (tho he has moved away from here, as you saw in the doc.) Such a gifted man, wildlife biologist extraordinare plus evocative writer. It is just the ticket of a book for anyone who loves the out of doors.

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