Author

Tara L. Wertz

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1986

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Abstract

Nest site vegetation characteristics and selection by wild turkey hens in Gregory County, South Dakota were examined during 1984 and 1985. A total of 23 adult and 12 juvenile hens were monitored during the study. Average adult nesting rate was 42% (31% in 1984 and 54% in 1985). No juveniles nested either year. Nesting success in 1984 and 1985 was 80% and 0%, respectively. Data was collected from 8 woodland and 5 grassland nests. Nest initiation dates ranged from 20 April to 13 June. Nest sites were chosen in locations having overhanging vegetation within 1 m above the nest bowl. Grassland nests appeared to be in areas with moderately dense understory cover (<0.9 m). Nest site locations indicated a selection for woodland habitat.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Turkeys -- Nests --South Dakota
Turkeys --Habitat -- South Dakota
Turkeys --South Dakota --Gregory County

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-37)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

33

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