Slideshow of 2016 nest pictures
The new Osprey Nation website has additional resources for stewards this year. If you would like to monitor an Osprey nest, please fill out a sign-up form starting March 1st, even if you have monitored in the past! For details on signing up, navigate to the Get Involved in 2017! section. Once you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email from the Osprey Nation coordinator. Once you start monitoring, please submit your observations using the “Report Your Observations” form found under the Resources for Stewards section. Remember to record your volunteer hours on the DEEP timesheet, found under Resources for Stewards!
Osprey Nation is Connecticut Audubon Society’s citizen science partnership, launched in the summer of 2014, to monitor the health of our state’s Ospreys. The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population.
In its first season, Osprey Nation’s 100-plus stewards located 414 nests in five counties and 42 towns, and monitored 174 of those nests. We plotted all the nests and the data submitted by the stewards on the map below. Osprey Nation stewards confirmed that 78 young Ospreys were successfully fledged in 2014, a number that we’re confident is low.
In its second year, the program saw a rise in the number of volunteer stewards, to 146; in the number of nest locations added to the project’s interactive map, to 515; in the number of active nests that were recorded, from 210 to 250; and the total number of hatchlings, from 221 to 415. Observers recorded that 356 of those hatchlings fledged.
In its third year, we had 220 stewards sign up to monitor nests. By the end of the 2016 season, there were 606 nests plotted on the Osprey Nation map. Over 400 of these nests were active, and approximately 500 fledglings were reported this year!
The project is off to a great start but we still need your help and expertise!
Our network of Osprey Nation stewards collects and sends us data on the birds’ arrival dates each spring, the location of nests, nesting success and departure dates. We enter the data on a map for everyone to view. Osprey Nation is a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and we will be submitting the data to DEEP biologists.
We also ask the stewards to monitor the condition of Osprey nesting sites, especially poles, and to work with Connecticut Audubon and the Connecticut DEEP to make sure they are safe and secure.
We are continuing to add nest locations to the Osprey Nation map. We are also looking for trends that would indicate whether the state’s Osprey population is declining or increasing, and what those trends might tell us about water quality and fish populations.
It was only several decades ago that the widespread use of DDT brought these great fish-eating raptors to the brink of extinction. But with a ban on this toxic pesticide and the efforts of government biologists, conservation groups and individuals, Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback.
Get Involved in 2017!
- If you live near an active Osprey nest and can volunteer to monitor a nest about 15 minutes every two weeks, please consider becoming an Osprey nest steward! We will host steward training sessions in early 2017. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend a session. To learn more about steward requirements, review the Monitor Guide below:
- To sign up to join our network of stewards, please fill out an online steward sign-up form below (available March 1st, 2017) to request which nest(s) you would like to monitor. Find available nests on the map below.
- Once you fill out a sign-up form, you will receive confirmation via email of which nest(s) you will monitor. After receiving confirmation, you can start reporting your observations using the online reporting form below!
- Your reports will be visible on the Osprey Nation Map below which is updated weekly during the Osprey season.
- If you know of a nest that is not currently on the map, please report the nest using the online form below.
Osprey Nation Map
Click on the upper right-hand corner of this map for a full-screen view. Click on the red and green markers for more information about each nest. Green markers indicate nests for which we have stewards; red markers indicate nests for which we are still seeking stewards. Please note that we still do not know all of the locations of Osprey nests in the state. We need your help with that too!
Resources for Stewards
Join the Osprey Stewards of CT Facebook page!
Link will be available in spring 2017
Contact us at Osprey@Ctaudubon.org with any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.