Great Basin Naturalist


A preliminary survey of raptor species and habitat in the Manti Division, Manti-LaSal National Forest, was conducted during May 1977. Eight species of raptors were recorded, the most common being the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Nine additional nesting and migratory species were reported by cooperating observers and based on habitat analysis another two species are expected. Eleven Golden Eagles, representing at least eight pairs, were observed and it is estimated that from 15 to 20 pairs of eagles inhabit the division. The Manti Division provides habitat for two endangered species, the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum) and the Northern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus alascanus). Further research is needed to ascertain the impact that current development activities in the division will have on the raptor community.