2014-02-28 / Nature

Audubon Preparing for Osprey Monitoring

By Jack Kelly


Osprey was once near extinction in the 1970s. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Osprey was once near extinction in the 1970s. (Photo by Jack Kelly) In 2010, the Rhode Island Audubon Society, with a team of biologists, ornithologists, staff, interns and a network of volunteer bird watchers, launched a monitoring program that conducted an extensive Osprey survey. Their findings revealed 115 successful nests and 171 fledglings.

Adult Ospreys return annually to our area in mid- to late- March and begin the life cycle for their species. Aquidneck Island hosted eight successful nests during the 2013 breeding season that produced 11 fledglings.

The Audubon Society seeks volunteer Osprey nest monitors for the 2014 season, due to begin in just three weeks. The group needs monitors with Newport Naval Base access for two nests on the northern end of the government property and one nest on the southern end. Interested parties for any area should contact John Scoones, volunteer coordinator, at jscoones@asri.org or 401-949-5454 x3044.

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