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Travel Distance and Habitat Selection by Female Wild Turkeys on the First Day of Egg Laying

We examined habitat selection of hens on the day they laid the first egg in their clutch by looking at habitat characteristics along the paths they traveled during the first day of egg laying. We found that hens showed no clear selection of habitats available to them along their movement paths. Our findings suggest that perhaps nest site selection, which appears to start on that first day of egg laying, is driven by things other than habitats available to the hen. Ongoing work on several study sites should provide clarity on hen behaviors during the onset of egg laying.

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