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July 24, 2008

    Lesley A. Collins

UW Conservation Corp Students 
to Begin Sage Grouse Work with BLM in Newcastle

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office, Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC), and Rock Well Petroleum are teaming up this July to identify raptor nests and conduct sage-grouse brood surveys in developed oil and gas fields near Newcastle, Wyo. The project will run from July 21 to July 30, 2008.

Raptor nests will be located using global positioning units (GPS). Observers will record the nest condition, species, nest status, vegetation type, nest substrate, height of substrate, height in substrate, and comments. As time permits, WCC personnel will also be responsible for erecting and installing perch poles, nesting structures for raptors, and grouse guzzlers to improve wildlife habitat.

“This is great opportunity for the WCC, BLM, and Rockwell to work together. Data from the project will provide a better understanding of wildlife interactions in operating oil and gas fields,” noted acting Newcastle Field Manager Jack Hanson.

The Wyoming Conservation Corps provides Wyoming’s young adults first-hand experience dealing with Wyoming’s complex landscape, providing them with real world skills and a deeper appreciation for the state’s environmental challenges and riches.

BLM will be providing project oversight and management of the project. Rockwell Petroleum is donating GPS units for the students to map bird locations.

For more information contact Jack Hanson at (307) 746-6617. 

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