February 2015 Monthly Program – Wild Turkey Ecology and Manangement in Michigan

February 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th Street North
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

Wild Turkey restoration often is labeled one of the great success stories in wildlife conservation. Currently, there is evidence that Wild Turkey populations are no longer growing, and fear that years of restoration work may be in peril.

Dr. Chad Parent is a researcher in the Boone and Crocket Quantitative Wildlife Center within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. Chad’s research integrates landscape and population ecology to make informed decisions about management and conservation. Currently, Chad also coordinates the Midwest Wild Turkey Consortium―a conservation initiative involving 12 US states and one Canadian province in the Midwest.

Bryan Stevens, a doctoral candidate at the Boone and Crocket Wildlife Center, will add to the presentation. Bryan’s dissertation research is in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to develop a decision analytic framework for managing Wild Turkeys in Michigan.

What are the contextual changes in Wild Turkey ecology and management that is and will be responsible for turkey population stabilization in Michigan? Chad and Bryan’s hope is that Wild Turkeys will be a fixture on the Michigan landscape for many years to come. Hope you will join us as we share their insights and passion.

Monday, February 23, we meet at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. The program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments (please bring your own coffee/tea mug) at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are welcome. Handicap parking and access is at either front or rear entrances to the building.