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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Mary Margaret
dc.description.abstractGrowing-season prescribed fire effects on nest success, nest survival, poult survival, and nest and ground-roost site selection of eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) were investigated on 2 southwestern Georgia sites of predominantly pine and pine-hardwood forests—the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center and Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area. Of 52 nests 11.5% were lost to fire, and nest survival rates indicated those nests would have likely been successful otherwise. However, 75% of affected females renested, thus mitigating negative fire effects. Fire had a minimal impact (4%) on poult survival. Nests had less canopy cover and greater woody ground cover and minimum vegetation height, and ground-roosts were located farther from mature pine stands than random sites. Rotating, small-scale, growing-season fires should promote habitat improvement while offsetting nest losses. Maintaining open areas within and around Southeastern U.S. pine and pine-hardwood forests should enhance understory growth for nest and ground-roost cover.
dc.subjecteastern wild turkey
dc.subjectMeleagris gallopavo silvestris
dc.subjectMayfield daily nest survival
dc.subjectnest success
dc.subjectpoult survival
dc.subjectnest site selection
dc.subjectground-roost site selection
dc.subjectgrowing-season prescribed fire
dc.titleEffects of growing-season prescribed fire on eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) nest success and poult survivial in southwestern Georgia
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorMichael Chamberlain
dc.description.advisorRobert J. Warren
dc.description.committeeMichael Chamberlain
dc.description.committeeRobert J. Warren
dc.description.committeeL. Mike Conner
dc.description.committeeSteven B. Castleberry

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