Wild Turkeys

Not all of Colorado’s turkeys are at the grocery store; our state has many wild turkeys, as well.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife has published a new report on the Ecology and Management of Rio Grande Turkeys in the South Platte River Corridor.  The report takes a look at wild turkeys and their habitats, populations, movement and dispersal, survival, and nesting behaviors.  Rio Grande turkeys are found only in the eastern part of the state — if you see a turkey in the mountains or in western Colorado, it’s probably a Merriam’s turkey.  Rio Grande turkeys are most common in Kansas, Oklahoma, and central Texas.  For more information on Colorado turkeys and turkey hunting, see the Division’s turkey page.
Photo by David Hannigan, courtesy Colorado Parks & Wildlife