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November 6, 2001

It’s Always Turkey Time 

UPTON, NY — Thanksgiving means a traditional turkey dinner to most Americans — but the wild turkeys at the 5,300-acre site of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory will be safe from the dinner table. In fact, all Long Island wild turkeys are protected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), which has banned wild turkey hunting on Long Island in order to bring the birds back to the area.

In the early 1990s, the NYSDEC transported 49 wild turkeys to Southaven Park in Shirley, only a few miles south of the Lab, to reestablish the birds in the area. Brookhaven Lab has been monitoring the turkey population on its site to help assess the success of the program.

Brookhaven Lab zoologist Tim Green said the birds appear to be thriving on the Laboratory site. “The population has grown to about 250 this year, “Green said. “So far, the largest sighting was 69 wild turkeys at one time.”

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.