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Goshute Mountains Raptor Migration Project
The Goshute count monitors long-term trends in populations of raptors using the Intermountain Flyway. In 2009, HWI conducted or co-sponsored 10 long-term standardized migration counts in 7 states and Veracruz, Mexico. The information gathered in these studies enables us to better understand the life histories, ecology, status, and conservation needs of raptor populations in North America. Because raptors are top-level predators, occupy large home ranges, inhabit most ecosystems, and are sensitive to environmental contamination and other human disturbances, they serve as important biological indicators of ecosystem health. Moreover, due to the remoteness and widespread distribution of most raptor populations, migration counts likely represent the most cost-effective and efficient method for monitoring the regional status and trends of multiple raptor species.
HWI's banding operations provide additional valuable information about migratory routes, breeding and wintering distribution, and the variations and health of individual raptors. More than 55,000 raptors have been banded at this site since 1980. In 1999, HWI also began tracking raptors banded in the Goshutes using satellite telemetry to learn even more about the breeding and wintering distributions and migratory habits of selected species.
HWI also initiated a migration-banding study of Flammulated Owls in the Goshutes in 2003, which continued each year through 2008 and resulted in the capture of more than 250 Flammulated Owls, as well as hundreds of Northern Saw-Whet Owls.
Financial, logistical, and in-kind support for this project is provided by the Bureau of Land Management - Elko District Office, Walbridge Fund, Palladium Foundation, Schaffner Family Foundation, Wendover Nugget, Einstein Brothers Bagels and Salt Lake Roasting Company of Salt Lake City, University Pet Clinic of Salt Lake City, and HWI private donors and members. Lastly, special thanks to all our field technicians, Citizen Scientists, and visitors.
|Community Fair at the Sorenson Unity Center|
Wed May 29 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
|Goshutes Peak Trail Project - Wilderness Volunteers|
Sun Jun 02
|Parade of Raptors|
Tue Jun 25 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
|Living with Wildlife at the Hogle Zoo|
Sat Jun 29 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
|Parade of Raptors|
Thu Jul 11 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
|Whole Foods Appreciation Day|
Sat Jul 13 @12:00PM - 04:00PM