GPS Workshop

Mark your calendars for Saturday March 16, 2019 and join us to learn more about using your hand-held GPS unit. This is also a great time to refresh your current GPS skills as well.

Activities covered include: GPS settings, UTM datum, entering UTMs, setting a track, setting a waypoint, navigating to a waypoint, maps for your GPS, and answer any questions you may have.

Location and time will be emailed to all RINS volunteers prior to the event.

Business Social

The RINS Business Social has grown to three venues to support statewide expansion of the project. Salt Lake is hosted at the RINS Office in Sandy, Utah. It is held the first Saturday after the Labor Day Holiday in September. The Cedar City Social is held the first Saturday in October, and the Moab Business Social is held the first or second week in November.

The Salt Lake gathering took place September 8, 2018. We had a great turnout with 70 people joining us for delicious Fratelli’s Italian food. We also had a really interesting business meeting with great stories from the field this year including a successful effort to place 20 orphaned barn owl nestlings into a dozen active barn owl nests. Expert barn owl handler Darin Day and two RINS volunteers placed the young owls into their new nests on April 22, 2018. All birds fledged the nests. We also had a red-tailed hawk out of the nest and RINS volunteers captured it and took to WRCNU in Ogden where they got the bird back to good health and released her.

The first Cedar City Business Social we had a presentation with live birds of prey thanks to Martin & Susan Tyner who own and manage the Southwest Wildlife Foundation www.gowildlife.org. We had 30 people join us for a fascinating evening with Martin’s beautiful birds.

On Saturday September 17, 2016. The weather was warm along with the wonderful people who attended. RINS held a second Business Social in Moab, Utah on November 4, 2016. We met for the business meeting at the Holiday Inn then headed to Fiesta Mexicana for dinner and social event.

We had a very enjoyable RINS Social at the RINS Office in Sandy, Utah on September 13, 2014 . The Dodo Restaurant donated delicious appetizers for our group of 65 people. Rico Catering provided the main course and dessert along with a server to make sure everyone got what they needed. The evening weather was warm and the sounds from the nearby stream enhanced the setting. Everyone had a nice time socializing and learning about our remarkable effort afield this year.

The Miner’s Hospital in Park City, Utah was the venue for our 2013 End of Season Business/Social. Rico Catering provided hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful Mexican dinner. Sixty RINS volunteers attended the party where we enjoyed conversation, friendship and a wonderful rain storm to help cool us off after the heat wave we’ve all been experiencing this summer.

RINS Workshops

RINS workshops are held each year prior to the beginning of the field season to provide training, updates, and pertinent information for new and returning volunteers to successfully master the skills involved in monitoring nesting raptors.

Attending one Spring Workshop is mandatory for both new volunteers and all returning volunteers. Attending the Field Training Workshop is required for all new volunteers, and highly recommended for first and second year volunteers. All returning volunteers are welcome to attend the Field Training Workshop anytime.

The 2019 RINS Workshops will be held on the following dates and locations:

Moab Spring Workshop – January 29, 2019

Monticello Spring Workshop – January 30, 2019

Cedar City Spring Workshop – February 5, 2019

Salt Lake Spring Workshop I – February 23, 2019

Salt Lake Spring Workshop II – March 2, 2019

Salt Lake Field Training Workshop March 9, 2019
This workshop is required for new volunteers. You will receive your assignment and Quad Notebook and receive additional hands-on-training to accomplish the fieldwork RINS volunteers perform. This workshop is great for 2nd year volunteers as well to brush up on their fieldwork skills. All returning RINS volunteers are invited to attend ANYTIME to brush up on your fieldwork skills and raptor ID skills. Plus you are great resources for our new volunteers.

Fillmore Spring Workshop – March 23, 2019

Vernal Spring Workshop – March 19, 2019

Price Spring Workshop – March 26, 2019

GPS Workshop (Salt Lake) – March 16, 2019

Botany Field Trip (Salt Lake) – May 4, 2019

Current volunteers will receive email updates with times and addresses for the workshops.

If you are interested in becoming a RINS Volunteer, visit the Volunteer page (link at top of page) and provide your name and email address and enter any questions or comments, etc. We will be in contact with you to answer any questions, and get you prepared to attend a workshop!

Botany Field Trip

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Botany Field Trip Saturday May 4, 2019

Each year RINS Volunteers look forward to the Botany Field Trip. We have hosted several talented botanists over the past seventeen years and each of them has imparted their knowledge and expertise regarding the plants in Utah. We have visited many different sites to learn to identify shrubs, grasses and trees that occur primarily on desert landscapes. This desert landscape consists primarily of shrub-steppe habitat and is the preferred habitat that our nesting raptors rely on to successfully raise their young.

Vegetation represents an important element of data that a RINS volunteer collects; this data is crucial in understanding the habitat that raptors and wildlife intimately rely on to survive and thrive day-to-day. The vegetation that is present on any given landscape becomes a key indicator of the overall health of that ecosystem. Since vegetation is considered a natural resource, it is managed by various agencies with the intent to protect wildlife, manage grazing, wildfire restoration, both flood and dust control, plus aesthetics.

RINS volunteers collect vegetation data at each nest site, so the Botany Field Trip is a great resource for learning how to identify native and invasive plants in Utah.