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Nesting Ecology of Wild Turkeys in a Bottomland Hardwood Forest

We studied nesting ecology of hens in a bottomland hardwood forest in Louisiana.  We found very low nesting rates, presumably because of high nest loss from predation prior to us being able to detect incubation activity.  We also found that hens placed nests on the highest sites in their ranges, which is an adaptation to nesting in the flood-prone areas on this site.  Our findings suggest that nesting habitat was scarce on this site, due to extensive flooding that resulted in sparse understory vegetation.

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