Using Survey 123 to Record Turkey Sightings

Participants can record and submit their turkey observations by using the program "ArcGIS Survey 123" by ESRI.  When you click on the survey icon, you will be prompted to choose either "web browser" or "Survey 123 field app".  Keep reading for important tips on how to navigate these platforms.


Browser Form or the App Form?  Which should I choose?

The Internet Browser Survey is easy to get to! Make this selection and the form opens right up.  You are ready to record your turkey sightings.  However, it is dependent on a good signal.  If you are in the great outdoors and your cellular signal is poor, your log of turkey observations may not get sent in.  Only choose this option if you have a good connection to the internet.

The Survey 123 Field App is a mobile application.  This selection requires that you add one more app to your phone or tablet and it takes a few steps to  get it set up.  But once everything is set up, it is super easy to get to the form on your mobile device. This is very handy when you are outside and happen upon some turkeys!  Even better,  with the app you can fill out the form even when you do not have a signal.  You can save the recording of the observation and then later, once you have a signal, you can open the app and submit the saved turkey observation record.

Using the Mobile App

Download the ArcGIS Survey 123 field app from the Apple App Store on your iphone or Google Play on your android.  There is link at the bottom of the screen once you open the Survey 123 Wild Turkey Observation Survey from your mobile device.   Or you can search for "Survey 123 " in your mobile device's app store.  After downloading this app, don't open it, but go back and select the link for this specific turkey survey and then select the option to "open in the Survey 123 field app".  This will put this turkey survey into your Survey 123 app and then later you can get to it by opening the mobile app from that point forward. 

You do not need a user name and/or a password.  If the app prompts you for this, go back to the link for the Survey 123 Wild Turkey Observation Survey.  

The app may prompt you to go through steps to collect location info.  This is not necessary.  The survey does not require point locations/gps coordinates for sightings but only the county that the sighting occurred in and you will be prompted later to enter this manually from a drop down list of Tennessee counties. 


Walk through video : How to set up the Survey 123 app 

Recording a Turkey Observation

  • record turkeys that you see incidentally while you are outside
  • pull over if you are in a vehicle.  Be Safe !
  • be patient and observe closely; use binoculars
  • know what county you are in
  • submit a survey for each separate observation of turkey(s)
  • submit observations from June 1 through August 31

Filling out the survey form is easy!  You will see instructions and questions prompting you to fill in boxes with details about your sighting. 


Watch this brief walk-through video to get a good understanding of how the form works. 

Having Technical Difficulties?

If you have issues with the survey or the app, send your question to