Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Lifestyles

DEC asks residents to report turkey sighting

Seeing a turkey is something to “gobble” about, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging residents to report where they are seeing wild turkeys, as part of a project to help state biologists better understand this iconic bird.

“Citizen science efforts like the Summer Turkey Sighting Survey provide our wildlife managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to help DEC monitor New York’s wildlife resources,” Seggos said. “I encourage everyone to take the time to record their observations of turkeys while exploring the forests and fields in their communities or while driving through our state’s beautiful landscapes this summer.”

The DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey since 1996 to estimate the number of wild turkey poults — young turkeys 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 the

DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During the month of August, survey participants are asked to 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 at www.dec.ny.gov. Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office or by calling 518-402-8883. Participants can also request a survey by emailing wildlife@dec.ny.gov, and type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line.

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