The National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, has announced plans (at the direction of Congress) to sign a cooperative agreement with Tammy VerCauteren, Interim Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory for “Monitoring Land birds in Northern Colorado Plateau Network Park Units and Yellow-Billed Cuckoos at Dinosaur National Monument.” Amount of the award is $ 41,507and it will run through October 31, 2012. Point of contact with the National Park Service is Jenny Sommer, Agreements Specialist, Phone 303/969-2392.

The abstract of the proposed work says: “Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) will work with the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct land bird monitoring in selected park units of the Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN). The RMBO is uniquely qualified in programs related to regional bird monitoring studies and is willing to develop such studies for the NCPN. The NCPN and RMBO desire to build upon RMBO’s extensive bird monitoring expertise and studies in the region by undertaking a joint program of study for their mutual benefit.

Substantial involvement on the part the National Park Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the objectives to be funded by this award. NPS staff will provide information needs, priorities, guidelines, data management specifications and applications, and technical specifications for I&M projects at NCPN parks. The NPS will assist RMBO with the permitting processes and will review and approve each phase of monitoring prior to the commencement of subsequent phases.”

Susan Hazelwood

MOBirds-L Co-Owner

Columbia, MO 65211

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