Wild Turkeys and The Development of the Conservation Movement

 

Male Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Male Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Introduction

By 1905 the wild turkey was gone from every county in Michigan. States across the Midwest and East coast experienced a massive decline in native turkey populations. Efforts to reestablish wild turkeys in the Eastern United States demonstrate the progression of the conservation movement during the 1900s.

Thesis

The wild turkey population in the Eastern United States declined as a result of land clearance for agriculture, deforestation from lumber companies and human over predation from hunting and trapping. Efforts to reestablish wild turkeys in the Eastern U.S. demonstrate the progression of the conservation movement in the United States.