The domesticated version of the wild turkey, the Nittany, was bred for market use by Pennsylvania (College) State University in the 1930s. Selections were made for developing a docile temperament, improving egg production and increasing the quality of a finished carcass. Proposed standard weights were 20 pounds for a adult tom and 12 pounds for a adult female. These weights show the smallest sex differences of any variety of domesticated turkey. The Nittany’s covert and main tail feathers are marked transversely with brown and black penciling, and tipped with a solid black band, which in turn is edged completely with chestnut brown. It seems to have lacked the coppery bronze band in the tail that is in the Eastern wild. Even though no one indicated having Nittanys on the survey, I believe it is very possible that some of the captive wild turkeys listed under the Eastern wilds are Nittanys or Nittany crosses with wilds. One interesting survey came in that describes his flock resulting from saving light-colored turkeys that are similar in color to Bourbon Reds, out of his original flock of commercially raised Eastern Wild turkeys. These birds are colored like Bourbons, but retain “all the wild traits” such as “thin necks, long legs, alert, intelligent and can fly.” It is possible that they could be Nittany descendants?
I shall depart from my football commentary and opinions to write a bit about Hurricane Charley.
First, I wish all those who have suffered losses, especially those who have lost everything they had, some relief from their suffering. Many residents of the southwest coast of Florida were made homeless by this disastrous storm. Others have lost their jobs because businesses were destroyed. By this time, the situation has been pretty well documented in the press and in the broadcast media, so I do not feel the need to rehash what you undoubtedly already know. What I want to get to here is a way in which you can help.
It is natural for each of us to be concerned with our own problems. Many of us in the Orlando area lost trees, had property damage, and have been without electric power for an aggravatingly long time. It has been pretty miserable for a lot of people. Most of us are fortunate that we escaped the storm with our lives and most of our belongings. In my case, I wound up with one tree leaning on my house that needs to be removed. Thatâ€™s it. I didnâ€™t even lose power. The cleanup took half a day. So, I was lucky. After I took care of my miniscule problems, I thought about those who werenâ€™t so lucky.
I made a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. However, after I did that, I discovered that Florida Power & Light will make a matching contribution (up to a total of $250,000) if you use a coupon that they supply. You mail it with your contribution to their Community Relations office in Miami. The instructions are given on the coupon. I wanted to let everyone know that this avenue was available for those of you who want to help the people who lost so much in this disaster. Just click on the hyper linked text above to go to the appropriate web sites. Thanks for taking the time to read this.