Cooper has a shop on Redbubble. She donates a percentage of her sales to her favorite bird rescues. Last year Cooper decided to adopt a turkey through Farm Sanctuary. This year she decided to adopt again.
You can read more about Farm Sanctuary here. Cooper recommends skipping the turkey this Thanksgiving. It’s all about the sides anyway.
This month’s book is Illumination in the Flatwoods by Joe Hutto.
Naturalist and wildlife artist Joe Hutto expresses an interest in in raising a couple of wild turkeys. He is given two clutches of eggs a tractor driver has come across. He carefully incubates the eggs. When they hatch, Hutto imprints on the birds, raising them and living amongst them as they grow from tiny poults to fully grown adults.
Cooper loved this book. She learned a lot about turkeys from the author’s in-depth study of his days with the flock. From the joys of days spent foraging, to the tragedies of the birds who succumbed to illness or predators, Cooper felt she was on the journey along with Hutto and his turkey family. Illustrations by the author of the turkeys and the various wildlife they come across are peppered throughout the book. Illumination in the Flatwoods is a beautiful, entertaining and thoughtful recounting of a man’s oneness with nature. Once you have finished the last page, you will never look at a turkey the same way again.
LOTS of photos. Because Cooper’s friend Shivangi sent the flock LOTS of toys. These spoiled birds have been having so much fun playing with all their gifts that it was difficult to get photos that weren’t big blurs of motion. It’s hard to pose when you’re in destructo mode!
Shivangi – thank you so, so much for all the wonderful gifts! The flock sends you love and birdie kisses. xoxo