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.