WESTBOROUGH – Mass Wildlife is looking for the public’s help to estimate the number of turkeys in the Commonwealth.
The Westborough-based agency is conducting a survey of the turkey population between June 1 and August 31.
According to the agency, “The brood survey helps our biologists determine productivity and compare long-term reproductive success while providing an estimate of fall harvest potential. Turkey nesting success can vary annually in response to weather conditions, predator populations, and habitat characteristics. Citizen involvement in this survey is a cost-effective means of gathering useful data, and can be a fun way for people to connect with nature. Be sure to look carefully when counting turkey broods, the very small poults may be difficult to see in tall grass or brush. MassWildlife is interested in turkey brood observations from all regions of the state, including rural and developed areas.:
- Report individual observations online
- Download and print a Turkey Brood Survey form to complete over the course of the summer. Mail completed forms to: Brood Survey, MassWildlife Field Headquarters,1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581.
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