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Meleagris Gallopavo Silvestris Traditional Geocache

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Geocache Description:

The eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) is the most widely distributed, abundant and hunted subspecies of the five distinct subspecies found in the United States. It inhabits roughly the eastern half of the country.

Meleagris gallopavo silvestris is found in hardwood and mixed forests from New England and southern Canada and northern Florida in the east to Texas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota in the west.

I’ve lived in Yorktown for close to 20 years, and wild turkey sightings are common, even in residential areas. I couldn’t find any sources as to how the “mountain” (really more of a hill at 831 feet above sea level) was named, but I’m sure the Meleagris gallopavo silvestris have always been abundant here.

This is one of several caches placed throughout Yorktown in conjunction with I Love My Park Day held on May 5, 2012. This was a statewide effort to improve and enhance New York's parks and historical sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. You can read more about I Love My Park Day here.

You are searching for a (very) small Lock & Lock (type) container. When the cache was originally placed, it contained a stamp pad and stamper for a game played on May 5, 2012 only. Once the logbook was in place, there was no room for swag. Once the game is over, we’ll remove the pad and stamper so there will be room for small items. BYOPOP.

The parking coordinates are for the main Turkey Mountain parking area. Once you have parked, take the blue/red trail (they are one and the same from the parking lot), then continue along the blue trail once it splits from the red. The cache is less than a quarter-mile from the parking coordinates.

There are at least five other caches in this wonderful little preserve. If you haven’t visited before, you can make a half-day of finding them all.

Please note that dogs are NOT allowed at Turkey Mountain, much to the great disappointment of Freya the Geopup.

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