BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — New Hampshire residents are being asked to help the state Fish and Game Department by reporting sightings of wild turkeys as part of the New Hampshire annual winter flock survey.
A report from last year saw 486 reports totaling 9,833 birds across the Granite state.
According to officials that number is far fewer than the year before, likely because of the lowering levels of snow which allows the wild turkeys to roam around more, and they are harder to count when they're on the move.
According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game website, turkey observers will be asked to report the location, the number of turkeys in the flock, the type of habitat they were in, and what they were eating.
Researchers are also concerned with turkey health, so they will ask whether participants saw any eye or head protuberances. Officials say that can be signs of two types of viruses that have recently appeared in turkey populations.
The survey allows participants to enter information for up to three different flocks of wild turkey at a time. The summary will be posted to the Fish and Game website later in the year. New Hampshire residents who want to report turkey sightings through March 31, 2020 can click here.