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MDC Virtual Program to Feature Latest Information on Turkey Populations | Local News

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — “Where have all the turkeys gone? »

This is a question many hunters and wildlife watchers ask themselves. While Missouri continues to have a healthy population of wild turkeys, there’s no denying the numbers are down from what they once were.

This phenomenon occurs in many parts of the country. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is exploring the issue further with a free virtual program, Turkey Population Ecology, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

The online presentation is free and open to ages 13 and up.

Turkey populations are declining in parts of the country, including Missouri, which has hunters and wildlife enthusiasts worried. The program will look at how individuals can help improve the turkey population. To arrive at this answer, the educational presentation will explore the life cycle of wild turkeys and how certain ecological factors affect their survival.

Participants will have an overview of the most recent scientific data available on the subject. The possible impacts of the new regulation on the trapping of fur-bearing animals will also be discussed.

“The goal is to educate landowners and citizens about the potential causes of the decline in the turkey population that we know of and how they can make a difference for the turkeys,” said Rena Schmidt, naturalist at the MDC.

Participants will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the program using the chat function.

Turkey Population Ecology is a free WebEx event, but pre-registration is required for each attendee. To register, participants should go to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/43z. Attendees will receive an email invitation from the MDC event management system with a link to the WebEx program 24 hours prior to the program. It is recommended to check spam folders if no emails are received.

Program registrants should note that families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will simplify the program registration process. Once a group account is created, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log out and log in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.