Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New Mexico
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New Mexico Project

Modeling raptor population status, trends, and take rates

March 2023 - December 2026


Participating Agencies

  • National Raptor Program, Migratory bird Management

Evaluating sustainable take rates for raptor species, primarily bald and golden eagles, is necessary to inform incidental take permits issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to proposed and existing wind-energy facilities. The take rates are informed by predictive models that incorporate species vital rates (e.g., survival), environmental effects, and anthropogenic hazards (e.g., wind turbines). The project focuses on developing models that inform incidental take permits, and also improve the models themselves to better reflect predicted changes in climate.