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Find Winter Raptors in Chautauqua County

Posted on Jan 3, 2015

If you are one of our friends in Chautuauqa County please remember that we at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History are assisting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a second season of wintering raptor surveys in 2014-2015 and need your continuing help! The primary focus of these surveys is to determine where Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus), ‘endangered’ in New York, and Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus), ‘threatened’ in New York, are spending the winter season to roost and feed. Western New York’s NYSDEC Region 9 is a large geographical area and we at RTPI volunteered our time and knowledge to assist NYSDEC in covering this vast landscape. If you are in Chautauqua County please keep the sightings coming! We need assistance from citizen scientists like you in discovering, tracking and recording these birds. Please enter any sightings you have of either species into eBird with as much information as possible including number of birds, precise location, behavior, sex and age, weather, and anything else you feel is relevant. If you cannot use eBird or have any other questions please email RTPI Conservation & Outreach Coordinator Scott Kruitbosch at skruitbosch@rtpi.org – thank you!

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