CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Don't count your chickens before they hatch - try turkeys instead.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to keep count of any wild turkeys they see from Jan. 1 through March 31. Participants are asked to take note of the number of turkeys in the flock, where they were seen, and what the birds were eating, and then fill out a form on the Fish and Game website.
Ted Walski, Fish and Game's Turkey Project leader, says the survey fills in gaps in the department's data collection efforts. He says information about wintering turkeys is particularly important because severe weather and limited natural food sources can present serious challenges for the birds.
Last winter, participants reported seeing 1,787 flocks, more than 28,000 birds.
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