Wild turkeys have become so common in New Hampshire since their reintroduction four decades ago, you wouldn’t biologists need any help keeping track. I see at least one virtually every time I drive anywhere.
But New Hampshire Fish and Game would still like your assistance via its annual brood survey, running through the end of August: “The public can help New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists estimate how many young turkeys survive into adulthood in a particular year by taking part” they say at the web site (right here).
The page includes this clever guide for us non-biologists to help estimate the age of young turkeys:
- Sparrow size = chicks
- Robin size = 2-week-olds
- Quail size = 3-week-olds
- Pigeon size = 4-week-olds
- Grouse size = 6-week-olds
- Pheasant size = 8-week-olds
That’s cool, but I’ll admit that I, a non-hunter, don’t have a very good concept of grouse vs. pheasant size.