DEC seeks participants for 2021 Summer Wild Turkey Survey

NYS DEC

Citizen scientists needed to help DEC monitor turkey population

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging New Yorkers to take part in the state's annual survey of wild turkeys.

Wild turkey hen with poults.

"As New Yorkers continue to get outside this summer and reconnect with nature, we ask that they keep an eye out for the State’s most popular game bird, the wild turkey,” Commissioner Seggos said. "Reporting the turkeys you see this August helps DEC monitor the turkey population and contributes to our ongoing scientific efforts to survey this species.”

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, and hen 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 click the “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Online report” on the DEC’s website - https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html.