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2020 turkey survey reports due to PGC

HARRISBURG — September’s arrival will end the Pennsylvania Game Commission public survey on wild turkey sightings, but participants can report their July and August sightings through Friday.

Reports must be filed online at www.pgc.pa.gov and clicking on “August Turkey Sighting Survey” in the Quick Clicks section, or through mobile apps available at the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. To find the app, search for “Pennsylvania Game Commission,” then select Turkey Sighting Survey.

Participants are requested to report the numbers of wild turkeys seen, along with the general location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions. Report turkey sightings from July 1 to Aug. 31.

Please note, your specific location information is not shared or stored; it is used solely to help determine the county, township and wildlife management unit of each sighting.

“The turkey survey enhances our agency’s internal survey, which serves as a long-term index of turkey reproduction,” explained Mary Jo Casalena, Game Commission wild turkey biologist. “By reporting all turkeys seen during each sighting, whether it’s gobblers, hens with broods or hens without broods, the data help us determine total productivity and allow us to compare long-term reproductive success with other northeastern states.”

Many factors affect wild turkey productivity, including spring weather, habitat, previous winter-food abundance, predation and last fall’s harvest. The 2019 statewide spring turkey population was about 212,200, 8% below 2018’s total, but similar to the previous three-year average.

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