MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is gearing up for the annual turkey brood count, which is used to help biologists determine the health of the state’s turkey flock.

The annual count is carried out with help from “citizen scientists” who report on the department’s website the number and size of turkey families they see during August.

The survey asked people where, when and how many adult and young turkeys they see.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s wild turkey biologist Chris Bernier says that when combined with annual hunting data, the information helps determine long-term trends in Vermont’s wild turkey population.

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