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Winter Raptor Survey Training – Wednesday January 11th, 2017 @ 6PM

Posted on Dec 19, 2016

Grasslands are amongst the fastest declining habitats in the country, and the bird species dependent upon vast stretches of waist-deep grasses are disappearing at alarming rates. In effort to learn more about these imperiled species within New York State and to protect remaining populations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has been conducting winter raptor surveys—specifically monitoring Short Eared Owls (endangered) and Northern Harriers (threatened). The NYS DEC has also enlisted the help of other environmental organizations and interested citizens to provide more “eyes on the skies”.

       “Gray Ghost” – An adult male Northern Harrier

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute has participated in monitoring winter raptor species in Chautauqua County over the past three seasons, and is seeking volunteer citizen scientists this winter! Please join RTPI and the RTPI Ornithological Club on Wednesday January 11th at 6pm for a Winter Raptor Training session. During the session Dr. Scott Stoleson, Research Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service at the Northern Research Station, will deliver a presentation explaining how to identify winter raptors, as well as describing their ecology and common behaviors. Elyse Henshaw, RTPI Conservation Technician, will discuss the monitoring program and provide instructions on how anyone interested in getting involved in these surveys can contribute by making observations and reporting data.

Questions about the Winter Raptor Surveys/training can be directed to Elyse Henshaw via email ehenshaw@rtpi.org or by calling 716-665-2473 ext 231.