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Raptor Monitoring


Responsibilities and Qualifications: 1.) Must become trained as Raptor Monitor by CPW Resource Stewardship and able to make at least a 1-year commitment 2.) Intermediate raptor identification skills and access to necessary equipment such as binoculars or a spotting scope required. 3.) Become familiar with a particular State Park and observe raptors during both the winter and the summer nesting season twice per month. 4.) Use email and computers to enter data and communicate with the project managers. 5.) During the winter, travel around the park on a regular basis, visiting winter monitoring points and following a standardized monitoring protocol to observe and record raptor activity. During the summer, identify and monitor raptor nests. Follow a standardized monitoring protocol to observe and record raptor nesting activity. Complete raptor monitoring datasheet for every formal observation and enter data in online database. 6.) Attend meetings and training events. 7.) Have a good time and get recognized for your efforts! QUALIFICATIONS DESIRED - Have own transportation and be willing to travel to site - Ability to walk the site. Length and level of difficulty of getting to site varies by park. Some require only minimal walking. Others require traversing sometimes difficult and unmarked terrain (such as at State Forest, Mueller, Spinney/Eleven Mile, Staunton, Eldorado, and Golden Gate).

Time Commitment:

Bi-weekly hour needs range between state parks and seasons. 1 full year commitment required.

Volunteer Benefits:

1.) Collaborate and connect with CPW staff and volunteers 2.) Increase raptor identification skills and natural history knowledge 3.) Receive Resource Stewardship Volunteer uniform items 4.) Access to raptor monitoring and identification resources and materials

Outdoors and Community Science - Bird Watching, Outdoors and Community Science - Raptor Monitoring, General - Ongoing Volunteering
Steamboat Lake State Park, Barr Lake State Park, Rifle Gap State Park, John Martin Reservoir State Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Lake Pueblo State Park, Chatfield State Park, Lathrop State Park, Navajo State Park, Spinney Mountain State Park, Mueller State Park, Staunton State Park, Eleven Mile State Park, Lory State Park, James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, State Forest State Park, Boyd Lake State Park, Highline Lake State Park, Harvey Gap State Park, Ridgway State Park, St. Vrain State Park, Stagecoach State Park, Jackson Lake State Park, Rifle Falls State Park, Pearl Lake State Park, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Roxborough State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Jeff Thompson
(303) 291-7282