Fw: [BIRDCHAT] Time for the Winter Raptor Survey!
I found this on Birdchat. It may be of interest to some of you. Might be a
good project for some of those wintering hawk areas out west, such as
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From: "fogleman" <fogleman@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 1:21 PM
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Time for the Winter Raptor Survey!
> In February of this year, the Hawk Migration Association of North America
> (HMANA) announced the trial running of a North American Winter Raptor
> Survey. Protocols were adapted from those being used in local surveys in
> various parts of the country. A number of volunteer citizen-scientists
> afield and reported their findings via a data form designed by HMANA.
> At a joint conference in Pennsylvania in September, members of the Raptor
> Research Foundation and HMANA heard presentations by researchers covering
> many aspects of raptor biology and ecology. One theme was evident time
> time again - the need to understand more about how climate change may be
> affecting our birds of prey. It is clear that migration counts are
> but it has become even clearer that documentation of raptors during winter
> may be an important tool helping scientists identify patterns and effects
> climate change.
> A survey format has been set up to enable observers to select areas where
> diurnal birds of prey can be found and to submit their findings according
> a standardized set of protocols. These data can enable researchers to
> determine the distribution of a variety of raptor species during the
> months ranging from late November through early March.
> This project will add another dimension to the huge contributions of
> in such efforts as the Christmas Bird Count, Breeding Bird Surveys, Bald
> Eagle Counts, Backyard Feederwatches, etc. Now is the time to join in the
> fun of participating in this new continent-wide citizen science effort.
> Birders are invited to participate by downloading directions and field
> sheets from HMANA's website www.hmana.org.
> Results will be published in Hawk Migration Studies, the publication of
> Susan Fogleman