Volunteers needed for BLM raptor survey

The Bureau of Land Management needs volunteers to help with the annual Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) in eastern Utah. Field training by RINS personnel will be provided for all volunteers and is scheduled for Jan. 31 from noon to 4 p.m., at the BLM-Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood Ave.

RINS offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to be involved as “citizen scientists” in a long-term raptor nest monitoring project, BLM officials said. The RINS organization collects and manages vital data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls.

Volunteers do not need previous experience or science credentials to participate.

“You do need to enjoy Utah’s outdoors and desire to help these magnificent birds of prey,” BLM officials said in a news release. “It is recommended that you own a pair of binoculars, a GPS unit, a digital camera, and have an email address.”

Volunteers will be asked to commit at least two field days per month from February through June, monitoring an assigned area.

For more information visit: www.rins.org or call 801-554-0807. Volunteers can also email: [email protected]