Partner event: Wild Turkeys in California
San Fernando Valley Audubon Society presents its monthly talk, this time focusing on wild turkeys in California!
The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), is recognizable to both wildlife enthusiasts and hunters. Introduced as a game bird for hunting opportunities, the species’ range now extends throughout most of the state. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is responsible for managing the diverse flora and fauna of California, including our gamebird species. CDFW approaches this through resource assessment and habitat management. Dr. Miller will discuss the history of wild turkey introductions into California, the data and strategies used in managing their population, the current population trend, and the on-going research and habitat projects dedicated to this bird..
CDFW also partners with other entities on habitat improvement projects. Many of these projects benefit wild turkey but have the added benefit of improving conditions for other game and nongame bird species. One of these entities will be represented by Kevin Vella, district biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation, during our Q&A panel.at the end of the talk.
About the speakers:
Katherine Miller: After growing up in Arizona and completing her undergraduate education in California, Katherine pursued graduate studies at Texas A&M culminating in a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science with work on grassland/shrubland bird ecology, She has worked for 20 years in avian research and conservation including the last four years as an Upland Game Bird Biologist at CDFW.
Kevin Vella: Fishing and hunting were central in Kevin’s life growing up the Napa Valley and led to his lifelong passion for conservation and a desire to work within the natural resource field.
Meeting ID: 816 6088 7272