Here’s how you can help monitor the nesting habits of Utah raptors

Raptor image from Pixabay, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Raptor Inventory Nest Survey offers volunteers a unique opportunity to learn about Utah’s eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Volunteers are needed, and a training workshop will be held Monday in Cedar City.

RINS offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to become involved as “citizen scientists” in a long-term raptor nest monitoring project. The RINS organization collects and manages vital data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls.

To be a volunteer, no science credentials are needed. Those interested in participating in the project do not need to know how to discover a nest or identify a raptor; complete training is provided.

The only requirement is that you enjoy Utah’s outdoors – particularly remote areas – and possess a desire to help the magnificent birds of prey.

To become a volunteer you will need to contact RINS and attend training. It is recommended that you own a pair of binoculars, a GPS unit, a digital camera and have an email address.

The time commitment involves monitoring visits to an assigned area from March through July.

Call 801-554-0807 for more information about the workshop location, times and training.

Inquiries and additional information can be be gained through the RINS website and email.

Email: [email protected]

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