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Release Date: 12/16/10
Contacts: Lesley Collins    

Volunteers Needed for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking volunteers to assist with the 2011 midwinter bald eagle survey to be held Saturday Jan. 8, 2011.

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 such as the Upper Powder River Road.

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

  • Buffalo Jan. 4, 2011 BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street 
  • Sheridan Jan. 5, 2011 Sheridan County Library, 335 W Alger 
  • Gillette Jan. 6, 2011 Campbell County Library, 2101 4-J Road

During last year’s survey, 76 volunteers counted 298 eagles throughout the Powder River Basin, including 211 bald eagles. A total of 845 eagles have been counted since surveys of the basin began in 2006.

To volunteer, or for additional information, contact Charlotte Darling at (307) 684-1045. For more information on the national program, visit the U.S. Geological Survey Snake River Field Station web site at

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.

Buffalo Field Office   1425 Fort Street      Buffalo, WY 82834  

Last updated: 12-16-2010