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Help MassWildlife monitor wild turkey populations by reporting birds you see in your area.
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Hen Turkey

MassWildlife invites and encourages all wildlife enthusiasts to contribute to our state's annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey. Report your observations here.

Please record and report observations of hens (female turkeys), poults (newly-hatched turkeys), jakes (juvenile males) and toms (adult males). For help observing differences between male turkeys and female turkeys, or between jakes and toms, please click here. Please be especially careful when counting broods, because small poults can be tough to see in tall grass or brush.

Every year from June 1 to August 31, your wild turkey reports helps our biologists determine productivity, compare long-term reproductive success, and estimate fall harvest potential. Reports come from all regions of the state, from our most rural communities to our most densely-populated areas. Citizen support for the brood survey is a cost-effective way to gather valuable data. It's also an additional fun way for people to connect with nature. Please note that turkey nesting success can vary annually in response to weather conditions, predation and predator populations, and habitat characteristics.

The easiest method for reporting your wild turkey observations is online. If you prefer to report on paper, please download and print a Turkey Brood Survey form, complete it over the summer, and mail it to, MassWildlife Field Headquarters, Attn: Brood Survey,1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Please avoid sending any duplicate observations by mail if you have already reported your observations online.

Thank you for your support! 

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