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Spatial Roost Networks and Resource Selection of Female Wild Turkeys

We evaluated roosting behaviors of hens across numerous study sites, and found that birds used a small percentage of roosts intensively, which we termed hub roosts. Those roosts clearly connected to other roosts to form a network. We also found that roosts in general were at lower elevations (in hardwoods) and in more rugged areas. Our findings offer insight into the greater importance of some roosts across the landscape, and identifying those roosts and other potential roosts using metrics we identified as important should be a priority for conservation efforts focused on wild turkeys.

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