The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources partners with several universities on wildlife research projects.

EASTERN WILD TURKEY -- In 2015, the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (Unit) at Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), began the most comprehensive and long-term study of Eastern wild turkey populations ever conducted in the state. Support is provided by several entities: ADCNR through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration; Auburn University; U.S. Geological Survey; and the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. For the next five years, Alabama Unit staff and graduate students will be capturing and marking turkeys with radio transmitters and leg bands to measure movement, survival and production rates on three study areas: J.D. Martin Skyline WMA, Oakmulgee WMA, and Barbour WMA. Learn more about this project.

BLUE CRAB -- In 2016, the Alabama Marine Resources Division began working with researchers at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana to tag 31,000 mature female blue crabs to monitor movements, connectivity, and mortality in the Gulf of Mexico. Tags are orange 1″ x 2″ plastic rectangles wired around the crab’s spines. This is a cooperative project with the university and all five Gulf states. Learn more about this project.

RED SNAPPER -- Red snapper fish are being tagged as part of a collaborative study being conducted by Auburn University, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the University of South Alabama, and funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division to examine recreational fisheries management in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Scientists will tag 750 red snapper beginning in May 2016. Each yellow tag is worth a $250 reward, and 250 of those fish will have two tags worth a total of $500. Learn more about this project by visiting Auburn University or the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.