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About RINS

Due to funding issues in 2000, nests in Tooele, Rich, Utah, and Juab counties were to no longer be monitored by Bureau of Land Management biologists. Dr. Dawn W. Sebesta, who had been volunteering with the BLM biologists, thought that volunteer citizen scientists could easily provide the resources to monitor these nests. During the 2000 nesting season, Dr. Sebesta began enlisting volunteers and established the Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) which has continued to monitor nests across the state of Utah to this day.

Non-Profit Organization

The Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to become involved as citizen scientists in a long-term nest monitoring project. RINS collects and manages critical data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls in the state of Utah.

RINS’ Mission

Our mission is to ensure the success of nesting raptors and habitat protection through the collection of nesting data throughout the state of Utah. The collected monitoring data is utilized by land managers and partner organizations to help make informed land use and habitat decisions.


Each year 200 volunteers traverse the state of Utah, locating and monitoring nests of birds of prey during the spring nesting season. This 23 year effort has resulted in the largest comprehensive raptor database in the State of Utah with over 6,672 nests and 82,119 monitoring records.


See the several awards that RINS has received over the years.


See a listing of the latest news articles featuring RINS.


Read the detailed, 23 year history of the RINS project and organization.

Robyn MacDuff

Director, Chair of the Board

Wayne Peay


Bryan E. Hull

Vice Chair

Molly Welch


Dan Webb

Board Member

Sharon Webb

Board Member

Gem Morris

Board Member

RINS Partnerships

RINS has partnered with the Bureau of Land Management since 2000. RINS’ data is utilized by land managers to help make informed decisions. RINS also collaborates with other organization’s environmental teams regarding issues of raptor and habitat protection.

Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Department of Defense

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Rocky Mountain Power

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems

Hawkwatch International