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January 7, 2008

Contact: 
     Dennis Saville
     307-578-5926

Annual Mid-Winter Eagle Survey Scheduled 

Volunteers are needed to help conduct the mid-winter eagle survey of the Bighorn Basin on Saturday, Jan. 12. 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

For new volunteers or groups, BLM will offer training sessions covering Eagle identification, winter safety, survey methods, and check in procedures on Wed., Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn Ave.

Survey recording materials and maps are available at the Cody Field Office. For more information about the survey, please call Dennis Saville at 307-578-5926.

The survey is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and US Geological Survey, and is coordinated locally by the Bureau of Land Management.

-BLM-