Wild turkey brood survey

Help MassWildlife with the annual brood survey from June 1 through August 31. The survey helps estimate turkey numbers, productivity, and reproductive success.

Wildlife enthusiasts are invited to contribute to MassWildlife’s annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey by reporting sightings of hens, poults (newly-hatched turkeys), and males (both juvenile and adult). For help identifying male and female turkeys, please click here.

MassWildlife conducts this annual survey from June 1 through August 31 to estimate the number of turkeys. These data help our biologists determine productivity and compare long-term reproductive success while estimating fall harvest potential. Turkey nesting success can vary annually in response to weather conditions, predator populations, and habitat characteristics. Citizen involvement in this survey is a cost-effective means of gathering useful data, and can be a fun way for people to connect with nature. Be sure to look carefully when counting turkey broods, the very small poults may be difficult to see in tall grass or brush. MassWildlife is interested in turkey brood observations from all regions of the state, including rural and developed areas.

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.

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