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Reduced numbers of wild turkey flocks across New York State has prompted Department of Environmental Conservation officials to organize a Wild Turkey Survival Study.

The study, which will be conducted between now and March, will focus on assessing turkey survival by monitoring movements of gobblers and hens trapped and released on public and private property. Some of the birds will be tagged with satellite radio-transmitting devices.

During the past decade, turkey populations have declined; from 2006 to 2009 DEC personnel worked with volunteer observers to record turkey survival numbers from January to March.

Now, DEC specialists seek landowners in Regions 3 through 9 to cooperate in the trapping and releasing of study birds, with emphasis on hen survival.

For more details and to download survey report forms to participate in this new Winter Flock Survey, go to dec.ny.gov/animals/48756.

Salmonid schooling

The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association has organized a Salmon Spectacular Weekend set for Feb. 23-24.

On that Saturday, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building will be the site for a day-long Salmon Fishing Clinic. Captains Pete Alex and Tom Allen will conduct classes on many aspects of salmon fishing on Lake Ontario.

This popular program fills early; the first 100 registrants will be accepted for this seminar.

On Sunday of that same weekend, the Lake Ontario Fishing Expo and Flea Market goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; proceeds go to the association’s Pen Rearing Project.

To register for the seminar and to reserve booth space during the Expo, go to lotsa.org. For specific questions, call Joe Yeager (636-0519).

Gun appreciation day set

Given the torrent of gun-control media reports and legislative proposals, a new coalition of gun-rights advocates has begun urging Americans across the country to show support for gun ownership and proper use.

Gun rights leader Alan Gottlieb praised the coalition’s establishment of a “Gun Appreciation Day” to be held nationwide on Saturday.

Gottlieb said, “We need to ban politicians who assault our rights, not firearms that are used thousands of times a day to protect lives and property from critical attack.”

Stephen Aldstadt, SCOPE state president, echoed Gottlieb’s remarks.

To show support, pro-gun advocates urge folks to turn out in great numbers at gun stores, ranges and gun/sportsmen shows Saturday. To view the coalition effort, go to gunappreciationday.com.

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