Dear VT birders,
As mentioned last year, development of a Winter Raptor Survey was underway.
Here is the news! And Vermont folks should pay special attention to the
last paragraph below.
I'm looking forward to reading your findings!
HMANA launches North American Winter Raptor Survey
February 2007 features the first running of the North American Winter Raptor
Survey. Designed by the Hawk Migration Association of North America to get
a "picture" of the status of wintering raptors across the continent, the
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 year, 2007, will mark the "kick-off" of the survey. Birders are
invited to participate by downloading directions and field data sheets from
HMANA's website www.hmana.org <http://www.hmana.org/> .
Results will be published in Hawk Migration Studies, the publication of
Vermont birders, please note that in the Champlain Valley, all areas in
Addison County EAST of Rte 22A, South of Town Line Road, and North and east
of Button Bay State Park are open. The area enclosed by those is currently
being surveyed so volunteers are badly needed elsewhere.
Susan Fogleman, coordinator
HMANA and NorthEast Hawk Watch
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