Jan 1, 2016 10:34 AM

New year starts with wild turkey sightings for annual survey

The Associated Press

CONCORD — It's time to ring in the new year by reporting all those wild turkey sightings in your backyard.

The turkeys will soon be gathering at birdfeeders, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to report flock sightings via its online N.H. Turkey Winter Flock Survey.

Last year, volunteer turkey watchers submitted 730 flock reports, totaling 12,574 turkeys.

The survey starts Friday and runs through March 31.

The survey is designed to fill gaps in the department's winter flock data collection efforts, adding to its understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during the season.

New Hampshire has an estimated 40,000 wild turkeys.

Participants can fill out a form online on the department's website.

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