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March 6, 2014

Calling All Turkey Watchers

Winter Survey Ends March 31

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds wildlife watchers to report sightings of winter wild turkey flocks at the Department's online survey at wildnh.com/turkeysurvey. Turkeys often gather in large, highly visible flocks during the winter. Report any turkeys observed through March 31, 2014.  Please do not report multiple sightings of the same flock.

The winter flock survey bolsters Fish and Game’s understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during New Hampshire’s challenging winter months. It helps fill in the gaps in Fish and Game’s existing winter flock data collection efforts. Knowledge of the status of wintering turkeys is particularly important in New Hampshire, because severe winter weather and limited natural food supplies can present serious challenges for wild turkeys.

“This reporting system allows the public to contribute important information to our understanding of winter turkey status in an inexpensive and enjoyable way,” says Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader at Fish and Game.

New Hampshire has an estimated 45,000 wild turkeys. Their presence is a true wildlife restoration success story. Wild turkeys had disappeared from New Hampshire by the mid-1800s because of unregulated harvest and habitat loss from extensive land clearing. Their recovery in the state began with the successful reintroduction of 25 turkeys by N.H. Fish and Game in 1975.

Wildlife Restoration ProgramTurkey research in New Hampshire is funded by the federal Wildlife Restoration Program, supported by an excise tax on the purchase of sporting firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.

N.H. Fish and Game works in partnership with the public to conserve and manage the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit http://www.wildnh.com.

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