ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking landowners to help with a wild turkey study aimed at improving management of the game species.

Biologists say wild turkey populations have declined in many parts of New York over the last 10 years. This will be the second year of a four-year study to better understand factors influencing turkey population changes.

DEC is launching a statewide effort to capture wild turkeyhens and fit them with leg bands to obtain accurate data on survival and harvest.

DEC is looking for landowners in upstate New York interested in allowing birds to be trapped on their land, as well as alerting project coordinators when they see turkeys on their property on a regular basis.