My life as a turkey [videorecording] /
a production of Passion Pictures, Thirteen and the BBC in association with WNET New York Public Media ; produced by David Allen.
[Arlington, Va.] : PBS : PBS Distribution, c2011.
1 videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1608835693, 9781608835690
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[Arlington, Va.] : PBS : PBS Distribution, c2011.
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contents note
Becoming a parent -- Life in the forest -- Talking turkey -- Just another bird -- Parting ways.
credits note
Photography, Mark Smith and David Allen ; music by Rob Dunstone ; scientific advisers, Lovette Williams [i.e. Lovett E. Williams], David Nicholson.
general note
"Based on the book Illumination in the flatwoods by Joe Hutto."
Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series Nature.
Running time indicated on container: approx. 60 min.; actual running time: 52 min.
Narrator, Joe Hutto.
The moving story of a man who raises and bonds with a group of wild turkey hatchlings in Florida's flatwoods.
language note
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
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target audience
TV parental guidelines rating: Not rated.
technical details
DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround sound.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-04-15:
Leave it to PBS to produce a nature documentary as edifying and touching as it is unlikely. My Life as a Turkey features vivid, remarkable re-creations of naturalist/-author/artist Joe Hutto's experiences raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings, also the basis for his book Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey (LJ 10/1/95) and his narration here. Most of the revelations stem from how well attuned the birds are to their environment from birth, and even viewers habituated to being around animals will be moved by what transpires as Hutto and the birds progress toward the latter's maturity and inevitably go their separate ways. -VERDICT Despite occasional dips into sentimentality, the impressive content wins out, aided by the frequently beautiful videography and a soundtrack that blends original compositions with some well-chosen songs. Highly recommended for any video collection with a nature or biology section.-J. Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., NB (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
My Life as a Turkey is the account of an amazing experiment: Naturalist Joe Hutto incubates two dozen wild-turkey eggs with the intention of human-imprinting and raising them. But the relationship that develops between the author and the birds changes his life so that he wonders who has imprinted whom.

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