Hawks Aloft Inc.
PO Box 10028
Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
Fax: 505 828-9769
E-Mail: gail@hawksaloft.org

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Avian Inventory Studies

Hawks Aloft has conducted studies that aim to accurately inventory avian inhabitants of particular habitats within a variety of regions managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other government agencies. Special attention is given to bird species that are federally endangered or threatened, with extensive monitoring to determine their presence at appropriate locations. For example, one such study at Ute Mountain was largely undertaken in order to guide management decisions on the part of the Bureau of Land Management, formerly a private property but acquired by the BLM, was unique in its lack of disturbance and inclusion of many ecosystems such as sagebrush and grasslands, ponderosa woodland, pinyon-juniper, and sage habitat areas. The vastness of the area and its relative quiet made the site valuable for wildlife. The BLM planned to open Ute Mountain to recreational use while preserving its natural environment as this region transitioned to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Hawks Aloft data provided the BLM with an avian inventory that assessed avian abundance and species richness relative to the varied habitats that Ute Mountain encompasses. This study, and others like it, help to provide guidance when land managers make decisions regarding how to best utilize natural resources and develop public lands while maintaining the diversity of avian species present.

American Kestrel nestlings, photograph by Ron Kellermueller

American Kestrel nestlings, photograph by Ron Kellermueller