CONCORD, New Hampshire — See any families of turkeys lately? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants to know about them.
The department is asking for the public's help in tracking wild turkey broods in the state this summer.
People who observe "broods," groups of young turkeys accompanied by a hen, are encouraged to report their sightings.
Last year, summer brood survey participants reported seeing 724 broods totaling 4,646 turkeys. The average hatch date in 2014 was June 19.
Biologists are especially interested in getting more reports of turkey broods in the three northernmost New Hampshire counties, Coos, Carroll and Grafton.
"We get reports from all over the state through this survey, adding to the important information biologists gather on turkey productivity, distribution, abundance, turkey brood survival and the timing of nesting and hatching," said Kent Gustafson, the department's wildlife programs supervisor.
The department says young turkeys are extremely sensitive to cool temperatures and rain, both because it can impact their health, and because these conditions adversely impact insect populations that are a critical source of their nutrition.