Help MassWildlife count turkeys

— File photo by Susan Safford

MassWildlife is asking the public to assist with its annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey, conducted from June through August each year to evaluate turkey brood numbers.

“The brood survey serves as a long-term index of reproduction,” explained Dave Scarpitti, turkey project leader. “It helps us determine productivity, and allows us to compare long-term reproductive success, while providing some estimation of fall harvest potential.”

Mr. Scarpitti said that citizen involvement in this survey is a cost-effective means of gathering useful data, and he encourages all interested people to participate. A turkey brood survey form is posted on the agency website ( MassWildlife is interested in turkey brood observations from all regions of the state, from rural and/or developed areas.