Riddick Ricks stops his electric four-wheeler on a forest road near Jack-in-the-Pulpit Creek, and the three of us step out. Ricks and his wife, Alice, want to show me a cluster of wildflowers blooming on the creek bank. Suddenly, a turkey hen flushes from under a pine tree and escapes through the trees.
“We’ll see if she has a nest,” Riddick says. Sure enough, the hen’s nest of pine needles and twigs holds
10 large brown eggs.
Welcome to Whispering Pines Wildlife Preserve, of Northampton County, N.C. During the past 20 years, Riddick, ...