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Vermont expanding turkey brood survey to July and August

June 27, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual turkey brood survey is expanding this year.

In years past, the survey took place in August. Starting July 1, people who see a flock of turkeys in Vermont are asked to go to the turkey brood survey on the department website and report where and when the turkeys were seen along with the number of adult and young turkeys, or poults. The survey will run through the end of August.

“Information gathered from this survey helps us monitor long-term trends in the productivity of Vermont’s wild turkey population,” said Vermont wild turkey biologist Chris Bernier. “It also helps us assess the impacts of spring weather on the survival of poults and adult turkeys which is an important consideration in the management of turkeys.”

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Vermont is changing from an August-only survey to a July and August survey to bring our survey into compliance with the way they are done regionally.

“One of the biggest benefits of this survey is being able to compare productivity trends across turkey range and the only way we can do this effectively is if all the Northeast states collect these data in the same way,” Bernier said.