Tuesday, January 3, 2012

join in the count of wild turkey

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for help keeping tabs on the wild turkey population.

Most of us living in the rural parts of the Finger Lakes have seen wild turkey in fields and gullies, and it could prove an interesting activity.

The annual winter wild turkey flock survey helps biologists monitor the status and health of wild turkeys across the state. It runs from January through March.

Participants print a turkey-sighting form, record the number of turkeys seen in a flock, and send results to the address noted on the form at the end the survey period.

Visit the "Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey" webpage http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48756.html to get a form and see results from years past.

Last year, more than 640 reports were received, with 10,200 birds counted in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state.