Belant, Jerrold L.
Godwin, K. David
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Forest Resources
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
The eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallapovo silvestris) was nearly extirpated from the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) from overharvesting and habitat loss in the early 1900s. Habitat restoration with hardwood regeneration has likely improved habitat suitability for turkeys in the MAV. I studied establishment and movement of translocated turkeys to assess feasibility of turkey restoration in the MAV. Turkeys were translocated to 2 study sites in the MAV during winters of 2009 and 2010. I monitored movement, survival, and resource selection of translocated turkeys using radio telemetry (February 2009–April 2011). Movement increased with increasing resource dispersion. Mortalities did not differ among 4 causes. Biweekly survival of translocated turkeys was related inversely to spring precipitation, but related positively to precipitation during other seasons. Mature and regenerating hardwood forests served as nesting and brooding habitat; therefore, increasing hardwood forests will likely improve success of future turkey restoration in the MAV.
Marable, Kyle, "Movement, Space Use, and Cause-Specific Mortality of Translocated Wild Turkeys in the Mississippi Delta" (2012). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 3214.