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Survival, reproduction, movement, and habitat use of female eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley

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dc.contributor.supervisor Baydack, Richard (Environment and Geography) en_US
dc.contributor.author Kiss, Brian W.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-07T13:12:47Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-07T13:12:47Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/30151
dc.description.abstract Vital rates and movement patterns of eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) have never been studied at the northern extent of their North American range in Manitoba, Canada. Using radio telemetry during 2011 and 2012, this study collected estimates of female spring/summer survival, reproductive success, dispersal, home range size, and habitat use. Females had a 53% survival probability, 82% nesting frequency, 29% nesting success, 35% hen success, 11.3 eggs/clutch, 89% hatching success, and a natality rate of 2.3. Winter weather and relatively high predator numbers appear to have caused annual variation in survival and hen success. Spring dispersal distances and home ranges averaged 8.2 km and 554.4 ha, respectively. Home ranges were selected in relation to forests, cattle feedlots, and grasslands; while within home ranges, individuals selected areas close to grasslands, forests, and intermittent streams. These results can be used when modeling current populations, managing harvest, and structuring future releases. en_US
dc.subject natality en_US
dc.subject radio telemetry en_US
dc.subject nesting success en_US
dc.subject hen success en_US
dc.subject spring dispersal en_US
dc.subject home range en_US
dc.subject mortality en_US
dc.subject wild turkey en_US
dc.subject survival en_US
dc.subject reproductive parameters en_US
dc.subject habitat use en_US
dc.subject Manitoba en_US
dc.title Survival, reproduction, movement, and habitat use of female eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley en_US
dc.degree.discipline Environment and Geography en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Walker, David (Environment and Geography) Baldwin, Frank (Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship) Joynt, Brian (Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2015 en_US


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