December 29, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Volunteers needed for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking volunteers to assist with the 2007 midwinter bald eagle survey on Saturday January 13, 2007.
The midwinter survey is part of a national effort which began in 1979 to establish an index of the total bald eagle winter population in the lower 48 states. Participants are asked to count eagles along standard routes to identify population trends.
Public meetings will be held to discuss survey methodology and eagle identification. Survey routes will be assigned at the meetings. Routes will be distributed across the Powder River Basin and will follow public roads.
Meetings will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the following locations:
- Sheridan Jan. 8, 2007 Sheridan County Library, 335 W Alger
- Buffalo Jan. 9, 2007 BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street
- Gillette Jan. 10, 2007 Campbell County Extension (NRCS), 1000 Douglas Hwy.
Twenty-two volunteers on last year’s survey counted 123 eagles throughout the Powder River Basin, including 80 bald eagles. Arlene Kosic, Buffalo Field Office biologist, was very pleased with last year’s results as it was the first year for a count in the Powder River Basin, and she expects more volunteers and another great survey this year.
To volunteer, or for additional information, contact Arlene Kosic at 307/684-1143 or Brad Rogers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at 307/684-1046. For more information on the national program visit the U.S. Geological Survey Snake River Field Station web site at http://srfs.wr.usgs.gov/research/indivproj.asp?SRFSProj_ID=2.