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Calling All Turkey Watchers – More Sightings Encouraged

turkey_pair_bw_drawingCONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game  Department is reminding turkey 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,  2013.  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," said Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader at Fish  and Game. "We would especially like to get more reports from towns in the North  Country."

Last winter, people responding to the survey reported  1,180 flocks, totaling 20,295 turkeys.

New Hampshire has an estimated 45,000 wild turkeys. Their  presence here 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.

Turkey research in New Hampshire is funded by the federal  Wildlife Restoration Program, supported by an excise tax on the purchase of  sporting firearms, fishing supplies and motorboat fuel.

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 wildnh.com

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