Delaware needs help counting its turkeys

    Delaware is hoping to maintain its successful wild turkey population, and the state is looking for help from bird watchers.

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is in need of volunteer birdwatchers to help spot and report wild turkeys.

    The information will be used to help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state’s wild turkey.

    Described by the DNREC as a “treasured game series” in the state, the wild turkey population is about 4,000 strong, thanks to help from the National Wild Turkey Federation, which reintroduced the birds to the state int he ’80s and ’90s.

    The Division of Fish and Wildlife will begin its 2011 survey Friday, and wrap things up Aug. 31.

    Want to participate? Contact Wildlife Biologist Matthew DiBona at 302-735-3600.

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