New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos this week encouraged New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys and help state biologists better understand this iconic bird.
Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young turkey born this year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index helps DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.
During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.
Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet directly on DEC’s website. Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8883, or by e-mailing email@example.com (type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the link above and click “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report.”
— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation