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Application of Autonomous Recording Units to Monitor Gobbling Activity by Wild Turkey

We studied whether using autonomous recording units (songmeters) would allow a way to study gobbling activity.  We found that using songmeters allowed collection of a ton of gobbling data, and that gobbles could be teased out using software.  However, sorting through the data required an enormous amount of time, and the software had a hard time distinguishing gobbles from sounds like as crow calls.  We recommended that future studies adjust study designs or alter methods to improve the collection and processing of gobbling data.

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