DEC Seeking Assistance With Study of Wild Turkey Population
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced the kickoff of the second year of a research project on wild turkey survival.
"Wild turkeys are the most popular small game species in New York among hunters afield," Commissioner Martens said. "The data generated by this study will provide valuable information on turkey survival rates and population size to help guide future management of this important game species. I encourage landowners that have wild turkey on their property this winter to consider participating in this study."
Over the past 10 years wild turkey populations have declined in many parts of New York State. In an effort to better understand the factors influencing population changes, DEC is beginning the second year of a four-year study. This project will provide wildlife managers with current estimates of harvest and survival rates for female wild turkeys in New York and guide future management efforts.
Beginning in January, DEC will embark on a statewide effort to capture wild turkey hens and fit them with leg bands. A small number of these birds will also be tagged with satellite radio-transmitters. All of the work will be done by DEC personnel on both public and private lands from January through March.
From 2006 through 2009, DEC staff worked with landowners from across the state to assess harvest and survival of male wild turkeys. Hundreds of landowners participated in that study or provided reports of winter turkey flocks. With that important project completed, DEC is once again looking for landowners interested in helping with the new study focused on hen survival.
DEC is looking for landowners interested in allowing birds to be trapped on their land, as well as alerting project coordinators when they see turkeys on their property on a regular basis. Once turkeys are trapped and banded, they will immediately be released at the same location. Not all locations are suitable for deploying capture equipment, so landowners should contact their regional project coordinator to discuss the suitability of their property. Observations of turkey flocks during January through March can be reported to the project coordinator for that region or can be reported using the Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey.
For more information on this project, contact the regional project coordinator below or DEC by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Turkey Study" should be listed as the subject line in any e-mails.
Interested landowners should contact the project coordinator for their region listed below:
Karl Parker (518) 357 2154 - Delaware and Otsego Counties
Lance Clark (607) 753 3095 - Chenango County