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TRIP TO COUNT EAGLES SOARS INTO 10TH YEAR

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An annual expedition to count wintering eagles and other raptors along the Colorado River enters its 10th year this February in a course offered by Canyonlands Field Institute.

The annual Eagle Float offers participants numerous opportunities to observe both bald and golden eagles, other birds of prey and waterfowl on a calm stretch of the river corridor above West-water. The rafting trip begins at Loma, Colo. near Grand Junction, ending at the Westwater BLM Ranger Station near Cisco, Utah.This popular rafting trip is a cooperative venture of CFI and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, which provides a guest instructor-biologist. Bird counts taken during the day trip are incorporated into ongoing raptor studies by the resource agency.

The Eagle Float, scheduled for Feb. 25, is now open for enrollment to bird watchers of all ages. It is one of the longest running courses offered by Canyonlands Field Institute, a nonprofit educational organization formed in 1984 to promote appreciation and stewardship of natural and cultural resources of the Colorado Plateau.

Enrollment is limited to 25. A $25 deposit is due by Jan. 11. Total cost for the trip is $80.