Volunteers at Abiquiu Lake help with national effort to collect data on bald eagles


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ABIQUIU, New Mexico — Volunteers in northern New Mexico are braving frigid temperatures to help with a national effort to gather more data about bald eagles.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting its annual midwinter bald eagle watch at Abiquiu Lake on Saturday. The event is open to the public and volunteers were being asked to dress warmly and bring binoculars, notepads and water.

National Wildlife Federation officials have asked participants in each state to count eagles along standard routes to provide data trends.

The goal is to index the total wintering bald eagle population in the lower 48 states to determine their distribution and to identify areas of important winter habitat.

Unlike nesting surveys, officials say the winter survey provides information on both breeding and non-breeding segments of the population.

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