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Annual turkey counts go high tech

Annual turkey counts go high tech

By Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

For those interested in helping researchers estimate the size of Kentucky’s turkey flock, there’s a new app to allow more people to participate in research.

Zak Danks, ruffed grouse and wildlife turkey program coordinator, said the department has added a smart phone app and a web-based survey to make it easier for people to report turkeys and poults spotted in the summer.

“Since 1984, this survey has provided data on turkey productivity and survival in Kentucky,” Danks said.

“Traditionally, we’ve asked people to fill out surveys then mail them in. Adding apps and the web-based survey makes it faster and more convenient for people to help out with this important research.”

Danks encourages hunters, wildlife watchers and anyone who spends time traveling the state to participate in the survey. The department gathers survey information in July and August.

Surveys results help researchers determine if weather conditions in the spring have affected the number of young turkeys surviving into the summer.

For those wishing to participate in the turkey survey, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website.

The page has links to a print and mail survey, a web-based survey and the link to the app for Apple or Android smart phones.

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