As part of a national survey effort, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) is seeking volunteers to assist with the 2014 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
Participants are asked to count eagles along standard routes in order to identify population trends. The standard routes are distributed across the Powder River Basin and will follow public roads.
Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register for survey routes. To pre-register, contact Charlotte Darling at 307-684-1045 by Friday, Jan. 3. Pre-registration is especially encouraged for routes in Sheridan and Johnson counties. Any routes that are not assigned during pre-registration will be available at the public meetings listed below.
Public meetings will be held to discuss survey methodology, eagle identification and to distribute survey materials.
Meetings will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the following locations:
Buffalo Jan. 7, 2014 BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street
Sheridan Jan. 8, 2014 Inner Circle, Sheridan County Library, 335 W Alger
Gillette Jan. 9, 2014 Pioneer I Room, Campbell County Library, 2101 4-J Road
During last year’s survey, fifty-nine volunteers counted 310 eagles throughout the Powder River Basin, including 179 bald eagles. A total of 2,042 eagles have been counted since surveys of the Basin began in 2006.
The national survey was established in 1979 by the National Wildlife Federation to develop a winter population index of bald eagles in the lower 48 states and to identify previously unrecognized winter habitats. Over the years the national survey has been coordinated by the BLM and U.S. Geological Survey. The national survey is currently being coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Wildlife professionals from BLM, U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service (NPS) coordinate local efforts across Wyoming. The BLM Cody Field Office has been coordinating surveys in the Bighorn Basin since the late 1980s. Currently, survey results from 1979-2012 are being used to determine bald eagle and golden eagle population trends.
To volunteer, or for additional information, contact Charlotte Darling at 307-684-1045. For more information on the national program visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bird Initiative web site at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/employees/bird/midwinter.cfm.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.