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Prescribed Fire Influences Habitat Selection of Female Eastern Wild Turkeys

We examined habitat use of hens during their breeding season on a site owned and managed by the US Forest Service.  Hens selected hardwood and mixed-pine hardwood stands, but avoided hardwood stands during brooding.  Hens avoided older pine stands when brooding if they had not been burned within 3 years.  Our findings suggest that frequent (2-3 year) fire return intervals maintain vegetation communities optimal for hens when it comes to nesting and brooding.  

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