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

Wyoming Project

Temporal and spatial patterns of raptor nest occupancy in areas of CBM

August 2010 - August 2015


Participating Agencies

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Coal bed methane (CBM) development in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming overlaps with breeding habitat for numberous raptor species including the golden eagle, ferruginous hawk, red-tailed hawk, Sainson's hawk, and great-horned owl, two of which (FEHA and SWHA) are listed as Species of Greatest Conservartion Need in the State Wildlife Action Plan. Since 2003, the BLM Buffalo Field Office has collected data on raptor nest occupancy and has requested assistance for more thorough and careful statistical analysis of raptor nest occupancy in relation to CBM and other ecological factors.