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Natural Resources University is a podcast network focused on delivering science-based natural resource management. The series housed within this network aim to deliver expert-based knowledge for their corresponding genre of natural resource management.

    Invasive Carp | Fish University #289

    Invasive Carp | Fish University #289

    You have surely heard of the flying carp that invaded our larger rivers. Videos of water skiers dressed up like gladiators and armed with dip nets pulled at 30 mph are ubiquitous on the internet. In this episode of Fish University, Wes talks to the leading expert on the invasive carps from Asia, Mr. Duane Chapman. We talk the history, biology, movement, control, and even a recipe or two. Duane shares stories from his decades working on these species, including the time he and colleagues captured 240,000 pounds of these fish!
    Do you have questions or comments? Follow the Fish University Facebook community and chat with Wes or suggest future episodes!

    • 49 min
    Managing Native Grasslands for Wildlife | #288 Fins, Fur, & Feathers

    Managing Native Grasslands for Wildlife | #288 Fins, Fur, & Feathers

    Plant and structural diversity is key when managing native grasslands for wildlife. Join Drew and Joe as they discuss the process of promoting diversity and heterogeneity in native grasslands by using disturbances like fire and grazing as tools to manage wildlife habitat in native grasslands.
    Dr. Joe Gerken and Dr. Drew Ricketts are extension specialists and faculty members in the Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management Program at Kansas State University. Find out more about the program at https://hnr.k-state.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/wildlife-outdoor-management.html
     

    • 35 min
    Fly, float, and mate | #287 Wild Turkey Science

    Fly, float, and mate | #287 Wild Turkey Science

    Does water on a hen make it more susceptible to predation? In this episode, we comb through the literature on olfactory camouflage, dissecting studies assessing correlations between nest survival, weather, and environmental conditions, and divulging into the complicated web of ecology dynamics. Strap on your science boots for this one, it’s gonna be dense…
     
    Resources:
    Bakner, N. W., et al.  (2019). Incubation recess behaviors influence nest survival of Wild Turkeys. Ecology and Evolution, 9(24), 14053-14065.
    Boone, W. W., et al. (2024). Robust assessment of associations between weather and eastern wild turkey nest success. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 88(2), e22524.
    Braun, M. S., et al. (2018). Birds, feather-degrading bacteria and preen glands: the antimicrobial activity of preen gland secretions from turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) is amplified by keratinase. FEMS microbiology ecology, 94(9), fiy117.
    Conover, M. R. (2007). Predator-prey dynamics: the role of olfaction. CRC Press.
    Fluen, T. (2008). A comparative analysis of evolutionary changes in island birds. MSc Thesis, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
    Grieves, L. A., et al. (2020). Food stress, but not experimental exposure to mercury, affects songbird preen oil composition. Ecotoxicology, 29, 275-285.
    Grieves, L. A., et al. (2022). Olfactory camouflage and communication in birds. Biological Reviews, 97(3), 1193-1209.
    Lehman, C. P., et al. (2010). Ground roost resource selection for Merriam's wild turkeys. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 74(2), 295-299.
    Lowrey, D. K., et al. (2001). Influences of selected weather variables on predation of wild turkey females and nest success. In Proceedings of the National Wild Turkey Symposium (Vol. 8, pp. 173-178).
    Potier, S., et al. (2018). Preen oil chemical composition encodes individuality, seasonal variation and kinship in black kites Milvus migrans. Journal of Avian Biology, 49(7), e01728.
    Reneerkens, J., et al. (2002). Sandpipers (Scolopacidae) switch from monoester to diester preen waxes during courtship and incubation, but why?. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 269(1505), 2135-2139.
    Reneerkens, J., et al. (2005). Switch to diester preen waxes may reduce avian nest predation by mammalian predators using olfactory cues. Journal of Experimental Biology, 208(22), 4199-4202.
    Reneerkens, J., et al. (2006). Discerning adaptive value of seasonal variation in preen waxes: comparative and experimental approaches. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 52, 272-275.
    Reneerkens, J., et al. (2007a). Parental role division predicts avian preen wax cycles. Ibis, 149(4), 721-729.
    Tuttle, E. M.,et al. (2014). Variation in preen oil composition pertaining to season,sex, and genotype in the polymorphic white-throated sparrow.Journal of ChemicalEcology40, 1025–1038.
    Whelan, R. J., et al. (2010). Short-chain carboxylic acids from gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) uropygial secretions vary with testosterone levels and photoperiod. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 156(3), 183-188.
    Webb, S. L., et al. (2012). Landscape features and weather influence nest survival of a ground-nesting bird of conservation concern, the greater sage-grouse, in human-altered environments. Ecological Processes, 1, 1-15.
     
    Effectiveness of trapping across game bird species | #08
    Which vital rates are most important to turkey populations? | #13
    Brooding and nesting cover (Part 1/2) | #29
    Brooding and nesting cover (Part 2/2) | #30
     
    Donate to wild turkey research: UF Turkey Donation Fund , Auburn Turkey Donation Fund 
     
    Dr. Marcus Lashley @DrDisturbance, Publications
    Dr. Will Gulsby @dr_will_gulsby, Publications
    Turkeys for Tomorrow @turkeysfortomorrow 
    UF DEER Lab @ufdeerlab, YouTube
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Forest Management and Prescribed Burning | #286 Timber University

    Forest Management and Prescribed Burning | #286 Timber University

    Join Timber University and special guest John Gruchy, a Wildlife Biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. John is the Coordinator of the Private Lands Program, including the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). John discusses the finer points of managing the forest with prescribed fire and gives some insights for where landowners can go to gain the needed skills to set burns with confidence.  
    John Gruchy john.gruchy@wfp.ms.gov
    For questions or comments, email us at timberuniversity@gmail.com

    • 49 min
    Chasing ghosts: Can a mysterious bird galvanize a rural renaissance? | #285 Working Wild U

    Chasing ghosts: Can a mysterious bird galvanize a rural renaissance? | #285 Working Wild U

    Finding an imperiled species on his ranch scared the daylights out of Russell Davis. What he and his neighbors did next may have saved their town.  
    Today on Working Wild U, join us as we return to the high plains of eastern Colorado to learn how a small ranching community transformed a migratory bird’s imperiled status from threat to opportunity. 
    Full show notes available at: workingwild.us

    • 32 min
    #WildTurkeyHistory | #284 Wild Turkey Science

    #WildTurkeyHistory | #284 Wild Turkey Science

    Brent Rogers, wild turkey historian and collector extraordinaire, joins us to break down wild turkey history through the eyes of early naturalists and literature. Learn how the culture and conservation concerns surrounding the wild turkey developed over time since the 17th century, what impacted transitions in knowledge and observation of wild turkey management, how restocking efforts have shifted throughout the decades, historical hunting practices, and more! 
     
    Donate to wild turkey research: UF Turkey Donation Fund , Auburn Turkey Donation Fund 
     
    Resources:
    Brent on MossyOak Gamekeepers Ep 88: History of the Wild Turkey
    Illumination in the Flatwoods, by Joe Hutto
    Illumination in the Flatwoods: Bottomland Book Club, by Brent Rogers
    Proceedings of the 1st National Wild Turkey Symposium (1959)
    The Colonel and the Fox
    Turkey Hunting History and Literature, by Brent Rogers
    Yelp & Gobble, Inc. by Brent Rogers
     
    Brent Rogers @gobblegitr, Contact
    Dr. Marcus Lashley @DrDisturbance, Publications
    Dr. Will Gulsby @dr_will_gulsby, Publications
    Turkeys for Tomorrow @turkeysfortomorrow 
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    This podcast is made possible by Turkeys for Tomorrow, a grassroots organization dedicated to the wild turkey. To learn more about TFT, go to turkeysfortomorrow.org. 
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    Produced & edited by Charlotte Nowak 
     
     

    • 1 hr 20 min

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Regenerative food plots

Great info on all yalls podcasts. I’m a regenerative food plot consultant. I’ve been doing this practice for 10 years. What benefits do turkeys get? It’s the insects stupid. As far as poults navigating the thatch, from my observations they make do. Once you crimp and plant the thatch lays fairly flat. The plant density problem is solved by the type of plant structures you get with the species in your mix.

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Turkey talk

Really have enjoyed listening to the turkey talk this spring. Y’all are doing some amazing work, keep it coming

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Valuable

I really enjoy wild turkey science, I found it in the fall of 2023, slowly trying to catch up on the earlier episodes. This has been useful for me to take more steps to managing my properties in Missouri for turkeys.

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