Residents asked to count turkeys
Published 3:17 pm, Monday, June 11, 2018
The state is asking residents to keep a tally of all of the sightings of hen and young turkeys, or poults, as part of the annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s survey lasts from June 1 to Aug. 31.
DEEP biologists will use the data collected to estimate the average number of turkey poults per hen statewide, assess annual fluctuations in the turkey population, gauge reproductive success each year and evaluate recruitment of new birds into the fall population, according to a press release.
Despite some declines, the state’s population remains healthy and productive, according to DEEP.
Volunteers should use a wild turkey observation form, which can found on the Wildlife Division’s website, to record all of the hens and poults observed during normal travel.
Any questions should be directed to Wild Turkey Program Biologist, Michael Gregonis at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.