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40 Wildlife Species That Benefit From NWTF Work

Wildlife management and conservation work performed by NWTF staff and volunteers is typically on behalf of the wild turkey. Yet a variety of wild species depend on the same habitats, including the food, cover and nesting areas they provide. Work done for the wild turkey positively impacts a vast number of other wild animals that benefit from more and improved necessities of life.

  • Rocky Mountain elk enjoy a refreshing drink from guzzlers installed to establish a turkey population in the Deschutes National Forest near Sister, Ore.

  • Rabbits like to forage and escape in stands of native warm season grasses, just like turkeys do. Find NWSG mixes at

  • NWTF funding is helping plant food plots, native grass and trees along the riparian corridor of North Dakota’s Heart River, which makes for good pheasant habitat and hunting.

  • Restoring forests through an NWTF and Natural Resources Conservation Service program along the Kaskaskia are a big reason why wild turkey, the pocketbook mussel and nearly 90 percent of Illinois’ threatened and endangered bird species have found refuge there.

  • Corn, milo, soybeans and wheat make up the majority of seeds available through the NWTF Conservation Seed Program. Wild turkeys and white-tailed deer love the supplemental food. NWTF members appreciate the price break when planting food plots.

  • Black bear and wild turkeys benefit from prescribed fire in the hardwoods of Tennessee’s North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Both are thriving in the restored woodlands and savannah habitats, thanks to NWTF volunteers and staff, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and other conservation partners.

  • NWTF chapters in Utah auction off hard-to-get conservation permits for various game animals at their Hunting Heritage banquets. Sixty percent of the proceeds from the auctions go back to the state’s department of wildlife resources to manage species like desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain big horn ram, sage grouse and American bison. The state NWTF chapter gets 10 percent of the proceeds.

  • Little brown bats and turkeys thrive in the same types of habitats; they just use them in different ways. The NWTF entered an agreement with Bat Conservation International to do work that benefits both species.

  • Species such as the lesser long-nosed bat, monarch butterfly, rufous hummingbird and ruby-throated hummingbird depend on pollinator plants for food. Those same patches of plants offer excellent nesting and brooding areas for wild turkeys. The NWTF Pollinator Mix ensures several species are in bloom throughout the growing season.

  • The NWTF looks to a perpetual conservation easement near Ulm, Mont., which includes 800 acres along the Missouri River. The riparian work done by the NWTF and its partners along the nearly 4 miles of river frontage will benefit Hungarian partridges, bald eagles and Merriam’s wild turkeys.

  • Prairie chickens and wild turkeys benefit from improved nesting cover and brood rearing following a prescribed burn. The NWTF helps landowners identify government cost share programs to help offset the cost of performing these cool burns.

  • Early successional habitat is prime for young turkeys. It’s also great for Northern bobwhite quail.

  • Undesirable trees that perish due to timber stand improvement make good nesting cavities for owls. Turkeys benefit from the more open canopy in the forest.

  • Longleaf pine ecosystem restoration is good for wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, indigo snakes and red-cockaded woodpeckers.

  • The NWTF and USDA Forest Service are working together to restore native prairies in southern Michigan. Wild turkeys and Karner blue butterflies are better for it.

  • Cottonwood restoration on the banks of the Colorado River provide roosting spots for turkeys, as well as nesting sites for pileated woodpeckers, saw-whet owls, wood ducks, osprey, red-tailed hawks and herons.

  • Mule deer and wild turkeys benefit from ponderosa pine restoration, which includes sagebrush and juniper removal. These management practices improve critical winter range.

  • NWTF biologists work to create young forests and permanent wildlife openings in the upper Midwest and Northeast, which helps ruffed grouse, Indiana bats, Golden-winged warblers and American woodcock, as well as wild turkeys.

  • Apache trout and Southwest willow flycatchers benefit from clean water due to riparian work on behalf of wild turkeys in the southern Great Plains.

  • Stream improvements keep water fresh and flowing for wild turkeys and Arkansas shiners.



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