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  • Chuck Carlson
    Mobsters 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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      Mobsters

      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
      Ninepipe.

      Chuck

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "fogleman" <fogleman@...>
      To: <BIRDCHAT@...>
      Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 1:21 PM
      Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Time for the Winter Raptor Survey!


      > Greetings!
      > 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
      > went
      > 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
      > and
      > 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
      > helping,
      > but it has become even clearer that documentation of raptors during winter
      > may be an important tool helping scientists identify patterns and effects
      > of
      > 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
      > to
      > a standardized set of protocols. These data can enable researchers to
      > determine the distribution of a variety of raptor species during the
      > winter
      > months ranging from late November through early March.
      >
      > This project will add another dimension to the huge contributions of
      > birders
      > 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
      > data
      > sheets from HMANA's website www.hmana.org.

      > Results will be published in Hawk Migration Studies, the publication of

      > HMANA.
      > Susan Fogleman
      > fogleman@...
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