Episode 83: Turkey Wattles and Insect Life in Leaf Litter


Benjamin Franklin once shared some strong opinions about turkeys. I wonder what he thought of their wattles. Daniel is impressed by them and hopes that you are too. Listen to the episode to learn more.

This turkey has an impressive wattle. (photo credit: wikimedia commons)

Leaves aren’t trash to be raked up and discarded. There is life in those leaf piles, and they are particularly important overwintering habit for a broad array of beneficial insects. Sierra gives us a peak into the leaf litter and describes some of the tactics that insects use to survive the winter.

Mourning cloaks overwinter as adults in leaf litter and brush piles. (photo credit: wikimedia commons)


This episode aired on Radio Boise in November 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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