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DEC Seeks Participants for 2020 Summer Wild Turkey Survey

July 29, 2020   01:00 p.m.
    Press Release from NYS DEC:

    DEC Seeks Participants for 2020 Summer Wild Turkey Survey

    Citizen Scientists Help DEC Monitor Turkey Population

    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
    Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in the
    State's annual survey for wild turkeys.

    "Getting outside to hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy nature is a great outlet for our
    physical and mental health during these challenging times," Commissioner
    Seggos said. "While New Yorkers are out exploring fields and forests close to
    home this August, reporting turkey encounters is a beneficial way to partner with
    DEC in our wildlife management work to monitor the population of this popular
    game bird and we encourage New York's outdoor adventurers to participate in
    this annual survey."

    Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to
    track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults
    (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat
    conditions during breeding and brood-rearing seasons can significantly impact
    nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge
    reproductive success and predict 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 form directly on DEC's website at Summer Wild
    Turkey Sighting Survey form (PDF) along with instructions and the data sheet.
    Survey cards can be obtained by contacting regional DEC offices, calling (518)
    402-8883, or e-mailing (type "Turkey Survey" in the subject
    line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the DEC website
    and click "Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report" or go directly to this link
    for the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey.

    While exploring the scenic beauty of New York State this summer, DEC reminds
    residents to Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local: Get Outside Safely,
    Responsibly, and Locally. Consistent with the NYForward phased reopening
    plan, DEC and State Parks are encouraging New Yorkers to recreate locally in
    their region (PDF).

    Additional information is available on the DEC website:

    Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey

    Citizen Science Initiatives

    DEC Regional Office Contact Information