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BY TRAVIS LAU

Jacob Dingel

R U L I N G

T H E

ROOST
It's been 20 years since Denny Gulvas
first found himself under a roost filming
turkeys.
It happened somewhat by accident;
he'd set up almost directly beneath birds
he didn't know were there. But the talkative exchange and nuanced vocalizations
he was lucky enough to witness that
day - deep insights into the daily lives
of turkeys and how they interact - left
him wanting more and quickly had him
making plans to find another roost and
do it all again.
Today, it's pretty much a daily routine.
And not a day goes by when turkeys don't
teach Gulvas something.
"There's a whole lot to learn from
those turkeys when they're on the roost,"

he explained. "I learn something every
single time I'm in the woods."
While turkeys might act differently
from one day to the next, and on some
days they're far more talkative than on
others, the roost - every day - offers the
first interactions among birds.
Vocalizations usually begin as the sky
is lightening, with each roosted turkey
sounding a few throaty notes, so soft you
can barely hear them.
These typically are termed as "tree
calls," but Gulvas prefers to identify them
as "first-contact calls." They are each turkey's way of letting others nearby know,
"I'm still here," after a long, dark night in
the treetops.
More-aggressive yelps, or other calls,

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