BLM and Raptor Inventory Nest Survey seek volunteers
MOAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Office is partnering with Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) on raptor monitoring efforts. RINS offers volunteers a unique opportunity to learn about Utah’s eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. A training workshop for individuals interested in volunteering will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Moab, Utah.
Through this unique partnership volunteers can learn about raptors while helping support their continued success on the landscape. RINS offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to become involved as “citizen scientists” in a long-term raptor nest monitoring project. RINS collects and manages vital data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls. The BLM uses the collected data to improve habitat management and monitoring efforts across the State.
To be a volunteer, no science credentials are needed. Those interested in participating in the project do not need to know how to discover a nest or identify a raptor; complete training is provided. The only requirement is that you enjoy Utah’s outdoors, particularly remote areas, and possess a desire to help the magnificent birds of prey.
To become a volunteer you will need to contact RINS and attend one training. It is recommended that you 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. Call 801-554-0807 for more information about the workshop location, times, and training. Inquiries can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about RINS visit http://rins.org/.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.