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Especially so in states like Oregon, where the turkey is not a native species.Conservation non-profit Greenbelt Land Trust (Greenbelt) hosts a citizen science turkey count at Bald Hill Farm Conservation Area (Bald Hill Farm).We walk through a gate and I notice turkey tracks in the mud – yes! Our assigned area is a pasture (part of Bald Hill Farm is still used for cattle grazing) and the terrain is easy to cover.
All groups have now returned to the shed and get to enjoy the spectacle – I don’t envy the group that had to count such a large moving flock.
Particularly if the turkeys are shown to have a negative impact on native species.
A management plan for the conservation area does not currently allow hunting.
Early attempts by the Oregon Game Commission from 1926-1933 similarly failed.
Having learned from the success of other states that the speed of catch and release was important when translocating turkeys, in 1961 ODFW had its first success establishing a population of turkeys from the Merriam’s subspecies.
According to Kelly Walton, a Game Bird Biologist for ODFW who joined us for the count, turkeys in the state are managed for balance.