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January 11, 2007
Contact: Andrew Tkach
Mid-Winter Eagle Survey Scheduled
Volunteers are needed to help conduct the mid-winter eagle survey of the Bighorn Basin on Saturday, Jan.13. Eagle surveys have been conducted each year since 1978 to monitor bald eagle populations and winter distributions throughout the United States and Canada. Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin is the most extensively surveyed region in the state thanks to enthusiastic local support. Most of the bald eagles that are observed during winter surveys are winter migrant birds that move down to Wyoming from northern regions of the US and Canada, and are usually found along rivers and open water. Volunteers will need binoculars or spotting scopes and their own transportation, and should allow four to five hours on their assigned survey route
The survey is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and US Geological Survey, and is coordinated locally by the Bureau of Land Management. A training session covering eagle identification, survey procedures, and winter safety will take place at 7 pm Friday Jan.12 at the BLM Worland Field Office, 101 S. 23rd St. Volunteers should contact Tim Stephens, Wildlife Biologist, at 347-5134.