Wildlife officials seek aid on turkey count
MONTPELIER — Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont. To help make sure that the flocks are healthy and well managed, their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.
This August is no exception. Fish & Wildlife is again asking the public for help. The department asks anyone who sees a group of young turkeys in Vermont during August to go to the turkey brood survey on its website, vtfishandwildlife.com, to record where and when the turkeys were, as well of the number of adult and young turkeys, or poults.
“When combined with annual harvest data, information gathered from this survey helps to establish long-term trends in Vermont’s wild turkey population,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s wild turkey biologist Chris Bernier. “It also helps us assess the impacts of spring and winter weather on the survival of poults and adult turkeys, which is an important consideration in the management of turkeys.”
“We monitor and manage wild turkey numbers annually in order to maintain a healthy, abundant and sustainable population,” added Bernier. “Beyond providing Vermonters with a local source of protein and an enduring connection to their environment, turkey hunting is the principal mechanism for managing Vermont’s turkey population.”
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