(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is again seeking public comment on its wild turkey survey this summer.
The annual Pennsylvania wild turkey sighting survey begins July 1 and runs through August 31.
According to the announcement, participation will be part of turkey population management because the commission will determine total wild turkey productivity and use the information to compare long-term reproductive success rates within Pennsylvania and several states. key to The data are also used to track population trends in the turkey population model.
“The turkey survey serves as a long-term indicator of turkey reproduction and complements the agency’s internal research used in turkey population models,” said Mary Marie, a turkey biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Joe Casarena said. “Participants should report any turkeys they see, including gobblers, hens with chicks, and hens without chicks.”
Turkish sightings Game Commission website.
The website asks participants to record the number of wild turkeys they have seen, the county, township, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU), date, and contact information for biologists at the agency if they have any questions. there is
Participants simply drop a ‘pin’ on the map and the location data is automatically populated. Location data is used for investigation only, not for law enforcement and is not shared. Viewers can also access raw data and reports from previous years.
“Thanks to the large number of samples collected from all corners of the Commonwealth, we are very confident in our results,” added Casarena. “Let’s maintain this result in 2023 and bring in even more participants.”
Many factors affect wild turkey productivity, including spring weather, habitat conditions, previous winter food abundance, predation, and last fall harvest.
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