Life in the "big" city of Eugene, Oregon can take on a country feel at times. The city is home to over 160,000 people, but wildlife also makes itself at home here. We live well within the city limits in southwest Eugene and seeing wildlife is part of our life.
It's not unusual during my daily walks to see turkey, deer, and squirrels. The turkey on the Valley Covenant Church sign is one of two who have been hanging around the church grounds near Churchill High School. Sometimes they'll be in the middle of the intersection, seemingly oblivious to the traffic around them.
The other picture shows a turkey hen with six poults that I saw 1/4 mile from our home. A few weeks later, this same family strolled through the front yard. As Thanksgiving approaches, they might want to make themselves a little less visible.
Turkeys are protected within the city limits. The local newspaper, The Register-Guard, published a story about our "city" turkeys that provides more information about our not-so-wild life.
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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