The 2015/2016 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season will begin November 18th. Surveys have been conducted annually at Montezuma since 2010, and will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays, one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunset. Surveyors follow an established protocol. We need veteran surveyors who are able to identify raptors who frequent our area. If you are an inexperienced surveyor, or even new to birding, you are welcome to attend and you will be assigned to accompany a veteran surveyor. The more eyes we have at each site the greater our chance of spotting raptors. Our work generates important data for use by the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Department of Environmental Conservation in managing habitat. Accurate data collection is our number one priority. Our work is important, and I assure you that it will be appreciated.
- Wednesday, Nov. 18, meet at 3:25 pm
- Wednesday, Nov. 25, meet at 3:20 pm
- Wednesday, Dec. 2, meet at 3:20 pm
- Wednesday, Dec. 9, meet at 3:20 pm
- Wednesday, Dec. 16, meet at 3:20 pm
- Wednesday, Dec. 23, meet at 3:20 pm
- Wednesday, Dec. 30, meet at 3:25 pm
The survey season runs through March. The survey dates and times for January, February, and March will be announced in mid-December. Surveyors must sign up to attend a survey no later than the evening before the survey date. If you are interested, please e-mail me, David Marsh, at firstname.lastname@example.org, put “Raptor Survey” in the subject line, and I will add you to the surveyor list. You will then receive weekly summary reports of the survey results.