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Robust Assessment of Associations Between Weather and Eastern Wild Turkey Nest Success

We assessed with exploratory analyses if weather during or prior to nesting predicted whether nests would be successful.  We found that higher minimum temperatures during nesting were associated with greater nest survival.  Unexpectedly, we found that more precipitation during January positively influenced nest success.  Our findings suggest that wetter winters and warmer springs may be positive to nest success in the future, but we certainly need more research to understand how climate change may affect wild turkeys.

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