Movement Ecology and Habitat Use of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys in the Texas Cross Timbers
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Rio Grande wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) population dynamics (survival, reproduction) and habitat selection and use have been documented primarily within three ecoregions of Texas: 1) Edwards Plateau, 2) Rolling Plains and Panhandle, and 3) South Texas Plains. Little research has been conducted in north-central Texas within the Texas Cross Timbers ecoregion. Using advances in micro-GPS technology my focus was to determine wild turkey movements within a mixed-oak landscape. I focused on 1) identifying wild turkey demographics during the breeding season, i.e., nest success, nest rate, clutch size, nest site vegetation, and 2) evaluating hen movements during the pre-nesting period to determine if hens undergo habitat selection when choosing a nest site. Results from my research provide a better understanding of turkey movement and habitat use associated with varying life-history strategies, temporally and spatially.
Conley, Mason (2017). Movement Ecology and Habitat Use of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys in the Texas Cross Timbers. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from