Sunday, April 14, 2024

Texas wild turkeys are strutting into spring

By Sarah Fuller Texas A&M University

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More Texans may encounter the distinct vocalizations and dramatic strutting of male turkeys seeking a mate this spring thanks to ongoing education and research collaboration by Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Dr. Jacob Dykes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist, Corpus Christi, said thanks to the state’s diverse ecoregions, Texas supports three of the five total subspecies of wild turkey found in North America — the Rio Grande turkey, eastern turkey and Merriam’s turkey.

Rio Grande turkeys prefer the arid and brushy environments found throughout the. . .

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