Dennis has posed a very good question, one that I asked when I was compiling
the most recent version of the RRAS Field List of the Birds of Nevada.
Should Wild Turkeys be put on the state checklist?
After earlier failed introductions, Wild Turkeys are successfully
reproducing at several sites around the state.
When I checked with NDOW about the status of the introduction program, I was
told that they were still releasing birds, so I opted to omit turkeys from
the list. Whenever NDOW completes their releases and the turkey populations
maintain themselves for 10 years after the last introductions, then, by all
means, they should go on the list. And at that point, we'll need
information on their distribution and frequency, so do keep records about
when and where you see them.
Enjoy Nevada's birds!
Las Vegas NV
----- Original Message -----
From: "dennis trousdale" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 8:25 AM
Subject: might be of interest
> Hi birders,
> As some of you know I work as a conductor on freight trains for
> the Union Pacific Railroad, and in the course of my duties I see
> many interesting things from a moving freight train. I have observed
> many bird species and can identify many of them because of their
> obvious markings, others are unidentifiable.
> On July 2nd of this year while going East near Battle Mountain I saw
> two adult Wild Turkeys and 10 t0 15 babies at a road crossing along
> the railroads right-of-way by the T LAZY S RANCH. These birds
> reproduce in Nevada yet we can't count them. Why??
> Another thing of interest may be the two Eurasian Collared Doves that
> have been coming to our feeders most of the summer.
> Dennis Trousdale