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Utah State Office
Release Date: 02/11/13
Contacts: Bruce Sillitoe , 801-977-4342  

BLM Seeks Volunteers for Raptor Nest Survey

Salt Lake City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Salt Lake Field Office is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) in northern Utah.  Participation as a volunteer does not require special experience or education, and the BLM will provide training.  In fact, the only prerequisites are a love for the outdoors, especially Utah’s beautiful west desert, and a sincere desire to help the magnificent birds of prey that call our state home.

No science credentials are necessary to be a RINS volunteer.  Interested individuals don’t even need to know how to discover a nest or identify a raptor because the BLM will give each volunteer complete training, including map reading and navigation using a GPS, and field safety procedures.  To become a volunteer, you must attend one of the training workshops.  Training workshops will be held Feb. 23 and March 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah.

It is recommended that you own a pair of binoculars, a GPS unit, and have an email address.  The time commitment for volunteers is two field days per month from March through July to monitor an assigned area.

For more information, visit, call (801)977-4300, or send an email to

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Utah State Office   440 West 200 South, Suite 500      Salt Lake City, UT 84101  

Last updated: 02-20-2013