From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
-- New York residents are being asked to participate in survey for wild turkeys in August by recording observations of turkeys in forests and fields around near their homes.
Residents can assist in providing wildlife managers with data by recording observations of turkeys or pheasants. The data is used to assist wildlife managers monitor the state’s wildlife resources.
Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults 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. The index gauges reproductive success and predicts fall harvest potential.
During 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 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html.
Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8886 or by emailing email@example.com. Use the words Turkey Survey in the subject line.