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December 16, 2008

    Lesley A. Collins

Volunteers needed for 
Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking volunteers to assist with the 2009 midwinter bald eagle survey on Saturday, January 10, 2009.

The midwinter survey is part of a national effort which began in 1979 to establish an index of the total winter bald eagle population in the lower 48 states. Participants are asked to count eagles along standard routes to identify population trends.

Public meetings will be held to discuss survey methodology and eagle identification. Survey routes will be assigned at the meetings. Routes will be distributed across the Powder River Basin and will follow public roads.

Meetings will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the following locations:

Sheridan Jan. 5, 2009Sheridan County Library, 335 W Alger
Buffalo Jan. 6, 2009BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street
Gillette Jan. 8, 2009Campbell County Library, 2101 4-J Road

During last year’s survey, 23 volunteers counted 168 eagles throughout the Powder River Basin, including 108 bald eagles. A total of 591 eagles have been counted since surveys of the Basin began in 2006.

For additional information, call Charlotte Darling at 307-684-1045 or Brad Rogers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at 307-684-1046.

For more information on the national program visit the U.S. Geological Survey Snake River Field Station web site at srfs.wr.usgs.gov/research/indivproj.asp?SRFSProj_ID=2.

- BLM - 

Last updated: 12-16-2008