BLM seeks participants for raptor survey

This photograph of a long-eared owl was taken in the Book Cliffs area.
Photo by Seth Topham, courtesy Bureau of Land Management

The Raptor Inventory Nest Survey needs volunteers to become involved as citizen scientists in a long-term nest-monitoring project.

Volunteers do not need prior knowledge of how to identify a raptor or discover a nest; complete training will be provided at training sessions to be held in Vernal and Price.

The annual Raptor Inventory Nest Survey offers volunteers a unique opportunity to learn about Utah’s eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

“The only requirement is that volunteers enjoy Utah’s outdoors, particularly remote areas, and possess a desire to help the magnificent birds of prey,” said the press release.

The RINS organization collects and manages data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls. “The survey provides valuable data to various federal and state agencies.”

Training workshops for volunteers will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. on March 19 at the BLM Vernal Field Office located at 170 S. 500 E., in Vernal, and again March 26 at the BLM Price Field Office located at 124 S. 600 W., in Price.

It is recommended that volunteers own a pair of binoculars, a GPS unit, a digital camera and have an email address. The time commitment involves monitoring visits to an assigned area from March through July. For more information, contact RINS at 801-554-0807or[email protected] or visit http://rins.org/.