: Two photographs document the wild turkey, or Meleagris gallopavo. It is found mainly in southeastern and portions of central Ohio. Turkeys were plentiful in Ohio before white settlement. American Indians used the birds for food and their feathers for ceremonial purposes. By the 1850s, few turkeys could be found in Ohio and in 1904 they were officially extirpated (extinct in one area but found in others). In the 1940s and 1950s turkeys moved back into Ohio from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky and gradually began to recover. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Plants and Animals; Turkeys; Birds Places