Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

December 21, 2009

 

Volunteers needed for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey   

 

Contacts: Brad Rogers, 307.684.1046; brad_rogers@fws.gov

    Chris Durham, 307.684.1049; chris_durham@blm.gov

                          

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are seeking volunteers to assist with the 2010 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.

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 to 8:00 p.m. in the following locations:

Buffalo

Jan. 4, 2009

BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street

Sheridan

Jan. 5, 2010

Sheridan County Library, 335 W Alger

Gillette

Jan. 6, 2009

Campbell County Library, 2101 4-J Road

During last year’s survey, 46 volunteers counted 269 eagles throughout the Powder River Basin, including 197 bald eagles. A total of 860 eagles have been counted since surveys of the Basin began in 2006.

For additional information, call Brad Rogers, Service, at 307-684-1046 or Chris Durham, BLM, at 307-684-1049.

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.

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