The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens is asking New Yorkers to participate in a survey of wild turkeys.
Said Commissioner Martens, "I encourage residents to take the time to record your observations of turkeys while exploring the forests and fields around your home or driving through the state's beautiful landscapes this summer."
The annual summer survey, started in 1996, depends on recorded observations of people and is used to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age of flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.
Those interested in participating can learn how to distinguish the age and sex of turkeys and participate in the survey at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html