[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey

2016-10-20 Thread David Marsh
 

 

The 2016/2017 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season will begin on November
16, only one month away. Raptor migrations for the most part will be
completed, and it will be time to learn what species have chosen to spend
the winter at the Greater Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Our weekly surveys
provide important information that will assist the Refuge and the DEC in
managing habitat to attract and hold raptors. Accurate data collection is
always our highest priority. Surveyor's work is important, and I assure you
that the time devoted to helping with the surveys will be appreciated. There
are some additional benefits among which include an opportunity to sharpen
raptor ID skills, enjoy watching raptors conduct their deadly serious
efforts in search of food under difficult climate conditions, and,
experience the solitude of Montezuma in the winter. You will visit parts of
Montezuma that are normally closed to the public, and learn more about what
attracts raptors to the complex in the winter season.

 

We will follow essentially the same protocol used in the past several
seasons. Surveys will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays, beginning one half
hour before sunset and ending one half hour after sunset. Last year we had a
total of 20 survey sites to staff and I would expect about the same again
this year. Each site will be staffed with at least one veteran surveyor who
is able to make quick and often difficult identification of the 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 chances
of spotting raptors. Attached is some explanatory information.  The first
attachment provides background information about the surveys and the survey
protocol. The second attachment contains some important housekeeping items
that will help you to understand how to get started. We meet each week in
the Refuge Offices across from the Visitor's Center at the times listed
below. There you will receive a briefing, obtain assignments, and pick up
materials for the survey. Surveyors will return to the office after
completion of the survey to turn in data and exchange information about
experiences.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 16, meet at 3:15 pm 

Wednesday, Nov. 23, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 30, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 7, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 14, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 21, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 28, meet at 3:25 pm

 

The survey season runs through March. Raptor Survey dates (always Wednesday)
and meeting times for January, February, and March, will be announced later,
including information about the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey to be held the
morning of January 13, 2017. 

You are certain to enjoy a number of very nice additions and enhancements
made at the Refuge and WMA. If you are interested in participating in any of
the raptor surveys and being added to the surveyor address list to receive
weekly reports of the survey results, contact me, David Marsh, at
dsm...@frontiernet.net.

 

 

 


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2016-2017  RAPTOR SURVEY BACKGROUND & PROTOCOL.docx
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[cayugabirds-l] MONTEZUMA WINTER RAPTOR SURVEY

2015-11-13 Thread David Marsh

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. 

Approximately 20 sites at the Greater Montezuma Wetland Complex are surveyed. 
Species of particular interest are the Short-eared Owl (SEOW), which is 
endangered in N.Y. State, and the Northern Harrier (NOHA), which is threatened. 
All raptors are counted and their specific activity recorded.The surveys also 
provide an opportunity to sharpen ID skills, enjoy watching raptors conduct 
their deadly serious efforts in search of food under difficult climate 
conditions, and, experience the solitude of Montezuma in the winter. You will 
visit parts of Montezuma that are normally closed to the public, and learn more 
about what attracts raptors to the complex in the winter season. We meet at the 
Refuge Office at the times listed below where you will receive a briefing, 
obtain assignments, and pick up materials for the survey. Surveyors will return 
to the office after completion of the survey to turn in data and exchange 
information about experiences.

The meeting times for November and December are:

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 dsm...@frontiernet.net , 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. 

David S. Marsh
Canandaigua, New York
dsm...@frontiernet.net
585-396-2170
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