CONCORD, N.H. — Wildlife watchers are reminded to report their winter wild turkey sightings. A link to the survey is published at www.wildnh.com/surveys/turkey.html. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Wild Turkey Flock Survey is open through March 31.
The winter flock survey is designed to fill gaps in Fish and Game’s existing data collection efforts, adding to the Department’s understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during the winter months.
Participants are asked to report the number of turkeys in the flock; where they were seen; the type of habitat the birds were observed in; and what the turkeys were feeding on. Please do not report multiple sightings of the same flock.
Winter 2017 was relatively easy for wild turkeys because of low total snow cover, significant periods of bare ground sites, good mobility and good nutrition and fat from the availability of acorns, according to Fish and Game turkey biologist Ted Walski. He reports that observations of gobblers displaying and some fighting were common throughout February and March. Numerous flocks have been observed, some of 50 to 75 turkeys.
“Keep reporting those turkeys — your observations contribute important information to our understanding of winter turkey status in an inexpensive, efficient and, hopefully, enjoyable way,” said Walski.
Turkey research and monitoring in New Hampshire is funded by the federal Wildlife Restoration Program, supported by the purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.