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Citizen science opportunity: national bald eagle count for families


January 8, 2014

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Citizens of Sullivan County are encouraged to contribute towards the National Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count for 2013-2014 this January 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County and Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s (DHC) Eagle Watch volunteer program are teaming up to offer education and an opportunity for families to monitor several spots along the Delaware River for bald eagle activity. Trained volunteers will be in place at each location to offer some facts about local and wintering eagles and to answer questions. Participants are expected to have their own method of travel to each site. Data collected on this day will be entered through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to the national count.

Participants must pre-register to receive information about the sites and to receive forms for completion by calling CCE at 845/292-6180 or emailing nas96@cornell.edu. All finalized counts must be turned in to the DHC’s Winter Field Office in Lackawen at the end of the day to receive recognition and a prize for this citizen science project. Hot chocolate will be available at the office.

The national survey is now being coordinated out of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ San Francisco office, in partnership with and assistance from the the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey.