ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Department of Conservation wants your help monitoring the state’s wild turkey population.
If you happen to see a wild turkey this summer, MDC wants to know about it. The agency will soon launch its Wild Turkey Brood Survey to collect information on wild turkey sightings from June through August.
The MDC has conducted its Wild Turkey Brood Survey every year since 1959 to determine hatchability success. MDC staff and volunteers work to track turkeys, record district-level information, and aggregate information for each region in Missouri during the summer months.
The MDC has developed an electronic version of the survey to make it more accessible and to summarize the results more quickly.
“We calculate the chick-to-hen ratio — the average number of chicks observed per hen observed — from the turkey sightings submitted during the Wild Turkey Brood Survey,” said MDC turkey biologist Reina Tyl. “This chick-to-hen ratio can provide insight into hatch quality that year, and we can look at trends in turkey production to predict how turkey abundance might change in the near future.”
To learn more and to sign up to report wild turkey sightings, click here.
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