Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Turkey Town

September 20, 2022

Wild Turkeys on the road copyright Scott Hufford
© Scott Hufford
at Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline
7:00-9:00 pm

Wild Turkeys are everywhere!

The population has exploded in Massachusetts in recent years, to the point where Wild Turkeys have made their homes in our suburbs and cities. Their presence has had a polarizing effect on our community—some welcome them, others would prefer they disappear.

Turkey Town is a documentary short by director Aynsley Floyd that explains the comeback of the wild turkey population in Massachusetts and explores the social and environmental consequences, both positive and negative, of their return.

The film explores the vastly varied ways in which our communities have incorporated Wild Turkeys through original footage captured by the filmmaker, crowd-sourced clips of footage donated to the project, interviews with ornithologists and biologists, and anecdotes from the public about their encounters with wild turkeys.

While entertaining and amusing, Turkey Town examines the enthralling history of how we got to this point, our moral responsibility towards the wildlife in our environment, and the role these iconic animals play in the lives of everyday people. 

Screening and Panel Discussion

Mass Audubon is proud to host a free screening of Turkey Town and moderate a panel discussion about the importance of protecting Wild Turkeys and other birds and to answer any of your Wild Turkey questions.

Online registration has closed.

Panelists include:

  • David O'Neill, President of Mass Audubon
  • Scott Weidensaul, Ornithologist and Author of World on The Wing
  • Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon's Director of Important Bird Areas
  • Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon's Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology

About the Director

Aynsley Floyd is a visual artist based in Brookline, Massachusetts. She enjoyed a two decade-long career as a professional editorial photographer before turning her attention to documentary filmmaking. She recently earned an MFA in film and video from Emerson College in Boston. Aynsley has a special interest in wildlife and nature, and her films examine themes surrounding the beautiful and sometimes complicated relationships between humans and the natural world.

Watch the Trailer

Turkey Town trailer