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Turkey Spotters Wanted

Wed, 08/18/2021 - 15:11
A wild turkey at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island
Carissa Katz

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging New Yorkers to take part in the annual survey of the state's numerous wild turkeys.

The summer wild turkey sighting survey has been conducted since 1996 to estimate the number of wild turkey young per hen, as well as to track wild turkey populations statewide. Nest success can often be impacted by weather, habitat conditions during breeding, and predation. The survey allows the D.E.C. to further understand turkey's reproductive success and predict the efficacy of the fall harvest.

"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," said Basil Seggos, the D.E.C. commissioner.  

The survey lasts until the end of August, and participants are asked to record the age, sex, and composition of all flocks of wild turkey they observe during regular travel. Those interested in participating can click the summer wild turkey sighting online report at, where they can also see the results of last year's survey.

"Reporting the turkeys you see this August helps D.E.C. monitor the turkey population and contributes to our ongoing scientific efforts to survey this species," Commissioner Seggos said.

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