Will Council place a value on wildlife and the wishes of Southampton residents?

To the Editor:

This is a wild turkey!!

He (she?) is about 40 ft. up a tree about 60 ft. behind our house in Southampton.

We have a bird feeder on our deck overlooking a natural wetland and wooded area.  Besides the wild turkeys, we also have other wild life that feed on the ground and this has attracted a number of turkeys every day. They are getting used to our presence on the deck and give us close-up viewing of these creatures.

We have learned that wild turkeys sleep in trees at night (except when the female has a nest with 10 to 12 eggs, when a shallow nest is formed on the ground.) We don’t know which of the pair is responsible for hatching the eggs and caring for the young-uns, but since we understand that the male may mate with several females he can’t reasonably be expected to be on the ground to protect all of them. Besides, like humans, the females are  much more vicious and are better suited for protecting the offspring.  The males have an equally important job of keeping watch from on high and warning  the female that she might be called upon to defend the family.

We also have a natural cold-water stream behind our home, in the same area, that every year has dozens of trout that swim upstream from the lake to spawn. This year has been especially active in this regard.

There are a number of other similar large and significant woodland and wetland areas, as the one behind our home, within Southampton and Saugeen Shores and that there is a group of developers who would like to convert these large plots into subdivisions with houses, condos and apartment buildings. We hope our elected Mayor and Council members place a high enough value on these lands to protect the wild life that call them home, and maintain this part of the identity and quality of our lives and our home town.

David McCutcheon