Date: 10/24/19 10:17 pm
From: Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>
Subject: [Umpqua Birds] Re: Winter Raptor Survey Project Needs
To contact Jeff Fleischer, use this email: <raptorrunner97321...>

On Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 8:59 PM Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>

> See the following from Jeff Fleischer:
> =========================
> Hi Everyone,
> It’s that time of year again where preparations are being made to conduct
> monthly raptor surveys for the East Cascades Audubon Society’s Winter
> Raptor Survey Project. We are entering our 16th winter since the start of
> this project during the winter of 2004-05. The chapter is based in Bend,
> OR. Last winter we finished up with 312 total routes in the project
> covering more than 18,000 miles of established transects throughout OR, ID,
> the Columbia River portions of WA, and the CA portions of the Klamath Basin
> in south central OR. Over 240 primary volunteers participated last
> winter. This winter, we have moved the project into all of eastern WA so
> it should prove to be a winter full of birds throughout the project, we are
> now up to just over 360 routes ! :)
> My intent with this message is to advertise routes in your area that do
> not currently have a volunteer and solicit your help to survey them this
> winter. The two routes in question are :
> Azalea - Glendale. 36 miles long
> Canyonville. 45 miles long
> For those of you who enjoy viewing birds of prey, these surveys are a fun
> systematic way of satisfying that passion and we welcome all that wish to
> participate in this large and established citizen science project :). A
> few requisites include:
> 1. The ability to identify at least the 5 major raptor species in this
> project - Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle,
> and Rough-legged Hawk. Together these make up over 90% of all birds
> recorded in this project. I realize that Rough-legged Hawks are not common
> in your area so you can substitute Red-shouldered Hawk :) We have found 31
> species of raptors over the 15 years of the project so ID knowledge of the
> other species besides the main 5 would be advantageous but we are also
> about learning about these great birds so don’t count yourself out if you
> don’t know them all, you can use this project to enjoy learning more about
> these birds!
> 2. We ask that you conduct at least one survey per month during the
> months of December through February. Optional surveys during November and
> March are available for those wishing more opportunities. These two
> months do have migration activity and this project is about monitoring
> winter populations but these extra surveys are encouraged if you have the
> desire :)
> 3. You should be comfortable driving during winter conditions in your
> area. SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY in this project, we want everyone
> to enjoy their day in the field but also we want everyone to come home
> safely as well. To date, we have had zero problems with this and there
> have been 46,395 hours expended on these surveys while driving a total of
> 720,939 miles!
> 4. Participants should have at least a good pair of binoculars for seeing
> birds at a distance. Spotting scopes are not required but they would be a
> plus if you own one.
> As part of ECAS’s desire to provide project data to the masses, we entered
> into an agreement with The Peregrine Fund two winters ago to supply them
> with our project data, they are now current with 15 years of data and we
> will continue to be involved with TPF for as long as this project remains
> active. To say the least, TPF is more than happy to have our data as they
> continue a major project of theirs to create a worldwide raptor database.
> ECAS is happy to have this opportunity to support their efforts :)
> If this sounds like something that you would like to get involved with, we
> would enjoy having your help this winter! If one of the listed routes
> interests you, please do not hesitate to email me with your choice and I
> will provide an additional amount of information, including a project
> survey protocol, to get you set up for your activity. To get a better
> feel for the covered areas of this project, I invite you to visit the ECAS
> website ( and click on "winter raptor survey" in the
> projects section on their home page and you will be able to access one of
> several monthly interactive species maps that display all of the route
> locations along with density and distribution of the 14 most prominent
> species in the project.
> It would be really great to get these routes into the project this
> winter, don’t hesitate to jump in and participate! :). Thank you and I
> will look forward to hearing from those of you who enjoy this regal family
> of birds and wish to help gather information about them :)
> Jeff Fleischer
> Project Coordinator
> Winter Raptor Survey Project
> East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

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