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Winter Raptor Survey Project

The 18th winter of survey work is about to begin for the East Cascades Audubon Society’s Winter Raptor Survey Project.  The project has been expanded into the northwest corner of WA for the first time this winter and this message will serve to advertise available survey routes that we hope to fill with members of your Audubon Chapter.  Last winter, the project ended the survey season with 452 active routes covering nearly 27,000 miles of transects throughout WA, OR, ID and small parts of UT and CA.  Over 350 citizen science volunteers commit their once a month survey services during December, January and February with optional surveys also available for November and March.  Survey dates are left up to each volunteer each month based on their own life schedules and weather conditions. A pair of binoculars are needed, spotting scopes are encouraged if you have one.  A good grasp of raptor ID is requested and all surveyors should feel comfortable with driving in winter conditions, safety is the number one priority in this project.  If this winter activity appeals to you, consider taking one of the three available routes based out of Sedro Woolley and join this very active project.  Those who do should contact me directly at:   raptorrunner97321@yahoo.com to secure their preferred route, they will be filled on a first come first served basis.  If you are assigned a route, I will provide more information that will prepare you for the work this winter.  I hope to hear from you soon, thank you!

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR. (project sponsor)

NOTE: This survey project is not affiliated with or sponsored by Skagit Audubon Society.

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