The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging New Yorkers to take part in the state's annual survey for wild turkeys.
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 form along with instructions and the data sheet from the department's website at dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html/.
Survey cards can be obtained by contacting the regional DEC office in Utica at 207 Genesee St., or by contacting the office at 315-793-2554. Sightings can also be reported online at the DEC website.
"For more than 20 years, the public has partnered with DEC on the SUmmer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey — a critical citizen science effort," said department Commissioner Basil Seggos. "The public's observations help DEC biologists to monitor and manage this great game bird and sustain it for the future."
Since 1996, the department has conducted the survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of offspring per hen statewide. Weather, predation and habitat conditions during breeding and brood-rearing seasons can significantly impact nest success and survival, the department says.
More information is available at dec.ny.gov.