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Monday, August 27, 2012

HawkWatch International Needs Volunteers To Protect Raptors

HawkWatch International is a conservation organization based in Salt Lake City. It's mission: Conserving Raptors and Our Shared Environment.

The organization sponsors many events throughout the year where people can learn about raptors, and often help with projects to protect them and enhance their environment.

HawkWatch International's annual fundraiser, "Wings Across the West," will be held on Sept. 20 at the Rice Eccles Stadium Tower on the University of Utah campus. Guest speaker will be Brian Sullivan from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He will present "The Evolution of Birders," his personal story of birding and eBird: Citizen Science.

See the Wings Across the West news release for details.

Volunteers Needed For Frontline Sceince

HawkWatch International has a unique opportunity for normal people to work with scientists to count, band, measure and release raptors as they migrate through the Great Basin. This news release has details. Below are excerpts:

If you've ever dreamed of working as a field biologist, this is your chance! Be a part of our new Frontline Science program--an all-access, backstage pass to HawkWatch's migration work. Spend a weekend working side by side with our field biologists and get a glimpse of what it's like to live on top of a mountain for three months monitoring raptors.

Help our observers collect bird and weather data while picking up key insights on in-flight raptor identification. You will learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to identifying and counting birds of prey as they begin their trek south for the winter, and get an inside look at our banding operations as you help trap, band, measure, and release the birds alongside the crew. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Available dates include:
  • August 31-September 3
  • September 7-10
  • September 14-17
  • September 21-24
  • September 28-October 1
  • October 5-8

A tax-deductible donation of $300 per person is requested to cover the costs of this once in a lifetime experience. Food, water, and materials are included. Space is limited.

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