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Wetland Gobblers

Ducks aren’t the only game found in waterfowl habitats
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The Platte River in Nebraska is well known for its abundant waterfowling opportunities in the fall and spectacular spring migrations. DU's work in this region is providing vital habitat for wild turkeys as well.

"DU's conservation easements along the Platte River protect large tracts of contiguous habitat that will not be subdivided or developed," explains Jonas Davis, DU regional biologist in Nebraska and Kansas. "Land protection of the floodplain certainly benefits turkeys by reducing fragmentation and ensuring riparian habitats remain intact in perpetuity. Many of the DU projects along the river include wetland and grassland restoration, and these grasslands provide a habitat type needed by turkeys for brood rearing and foraging for insects."

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